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Removing the Smoke Odor Following a House Fire

Removing the Smoke Odor Following a House Fire

If you have just experienced a house fire, then you already probably have a list a mile long of things you have to do to get everything operational and ready to move back into. While there are many DIY methods for smoke removal that you can try, you will find that even your best efforts may not be as effective as you hoped against the smoke odor. 

For this reason, you should contact the experts to come in following a fire to remove the smoke odor from your home.

The Cleanup

After a fire, the cleanup process can prove to be quite extensive and may seem like there is no end in sight. You will have to sift through the wreckage and discard anything that was burned and beyond repair. You will also have to discard items covered in soot and those damaged by water when they were trying to put out the fire.

You will find that practically everything in the home was probably affected by the smoke and requires extensive cleaning. Rugs, carpeting, drapes, upholstery and clothing will also all need a comprehensive cleaning as well as sanitization. If there is soot, leave it to the professionals to handle to prevent any further damage. 

When you call in the experts, they can make sure that the smoke smell and all the soot and ash residue are appropriately handled and cleaned up. They will go deep into fabric fibers as well and wash all hard surfaces with a mild detergent and water. 

Eliminating the Smoke Smell

The smoke from a fire can easily infiltrate each area of the home from the drapery down to the books and woodwork. The smoke removal process is one that is best left for the professionals to take care of because they have specialized equipment and can work safely within the home without causing any further damage.

Homeowners who try to do it themselves, often find themselves trying to use candles and spray deodorizers to eliminate the smell. However, these items won't eliminate the smell. Instead, they will only mask them. The smoke particles settle into and onto every surface of the home, so a deep clean is going to be needed.

The HVAC System

The HVAC system of the home will also need to be cleaned thoroughly. It will require a thorough inspection and deep cleaning of the entire system. 

The smoke can make its way into the ductwork of the home and then linger in the ventilation system. All filters also need to be changed, and then the system needs to be inspected to ensure that the fire did not damage anything.

If you have experienced a fire in your home and you are feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done before you can move back in, then don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Blackhill Restoration to learn more about their services and how they can help you rid your home of soot and smoke following a fire. 

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