Smoke odor can be irritating and noxious. When a structure has been affected by smoke damage the property owner should handle the situation with a sense of urgency. Leaving damages unmitigated can lead to further negative consequences such as reduced property value and unhealthy occupancy conditions. Removing smoke odor is a challenged and is not typically a DIY project. To maximize potential for successful odor remediation, consider hiring a property damage restoration expert, such as Soil-Away. Do not distress if your Manchester, New Hampshire (NH) property has been struck by fire or smoke damage. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services is your solution!
Property fires come in all shapes and sizes. Some fires are so destructive they leave nothing in their wake. Other fires have little flame, but significant smoke. After a fire one of the top priorities is safety. This is followed by determining if the property is salvageable. If structural integrity is intact the priorities shift to smoke and soot damage cleanup. The goal is to save and restore as much of the structure and contents as possible.
Removing smoke odor after a fire is not always a simple task. Smoke travels extensively throughout a structure. It goes through doorways, passes through HVAC air ducts and penetrates porous items. Furniture, upholstery, carpeting, and clothing are just a few of the items that trap smoke odor. These porous items require expert handling and cleaning techniques. Hard surfaces such as cabinets, counters, air ducting, walls and light fixtures can also sustain odor damage after a fire. These too necessitate specialized deodorization processes. In short, nearly every surface in a fire damaged property needs to be cleaned in order to fully remove the smoke odor.
Have you ever entered a home in which occupants have smoked? How about if they have lived there and smoked for several years? For non-smokers this is one of the most offensive odors. When those “cigarette smoke damaged” properties go up for sale they must be fully cleaned and deodorized in order to come close to selling for fair-market value. Smokers wishing to sell their properties without a full cleaning should anticipate a heavy discount for buyers as the value of the home is diminished.
There are no cutting corners when it comes to getting rid of cigarette smoke odor in a home. Removing smoke odor after a long-time smoker is not an easy task. In addition to the unpleasant odor, cigarettes leave a heavy residue. Washing surfaces such as cabinets or walls will quickly reveal nicotine build up. A slimy yellow-orange substance typically starts running off the surfaces. The process sometimes takes several cleaning passes to remove all smoking residue. After cleaning and deodorization is complete, an odor-blocking paint should be applied to walls and ceilings.
Manchester, New Hampshire residents trust Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services for all their fire and smoke damage restoration needs. Whether it be a kitchen fire, oil furnace puff back or built up grime from cigarette smoking the experts at Soil-Away are ready to serve. The company is IICRC master-certified in fire damage restoration and specializes in removing smoke odor from both commercial and residential properties. Based in Hooksett, Soil-Away is family owned and operated since 1990. Call the property damage restoration experts today at 603-641-6555 to schedule service.