If you’ve ever sat around a bonfire with friends for hours on end, you know just how potent smoke smell is. It gets into every fiber of your clothes, and the smell can take several washes to get out. When you suffer a house fire, it is easy to think about the physical damage that will be done – but if not properly handled, it can actually be the smoke odor that will have a more long-lasting effect than the fire itself.
However, that small kitchen fire, for example, likely created soot and smoke damage throughout the entire home. Simply cleaning a home damaged by fire is likely not going to be enough, as odors can linger in objects, carpet, walls, and any other porous surface if not properly treated – or completely replaced. There is also a psychological factor related to smoke and other pungent odors – which is another reason it is key to being sure odors are eliminated before anyone moves back into the home to avoid chasing odors that may or may not still be present. Smoke is a hard smell to forget.
There is a basic six-step process ServiceMaster Century follows when responding to a house in homes in The Woodlands. Of course, this process varies depending on the severity of the fire.
Good restoration companies, like ServiceMaster Century, understand the longer you let the smoke and soot sit, the harder it will be to fix the damage that’s been done.
An estimator will take a walk through your home and see the damage, and create a plan of action. This estimator will likely also be able to work with your insurance adjuster or insurance company during the loss.
Crews will come in and box up any contents in your home that may have been damaged – from clothing and bedding to dishes, electronics, etc., that are salvageable. Believe it or not, many of the items in your home could be saved through special cleaning and restoration techniques in an experienced contents restoration division. If one of your children has a special stuffed animal, doll, blanket, or other sentimental items that could help them through this tough time, we are happy to clean that first and return it to you as soon as possible.
This could include removing carpet or other porous materials, scrubbing down walls with special solutions that will remove the soot and the odor, and wipe every single surface over and over until it’s clean. It could also mean doing things like removing cabinets from the wall to clean behind them or removing charred beams saturated with smoke and soot.
There are a number of innovations restoration companies can use to address the smoke damage. If not properly removed, the smoke smell can reappear during a change in the weather, presence of moisture, or other environmental changes. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced team making sure not only that your home is clean and the visible damage removed, but also that the smell is removed as well.
Return the items to your home that had been removed for cleaning. When they were removed from your home, they were carefully packed up according to room and location. When they are returned to you, it will be the same scenario – except everything will look as it did before the fire.