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Tips To Help Odor Control In Your Home

What are the difficulties associated with odor control in the home?

Because repulsive smells cannot be seen, it is often extremely difficult to pinpoint the source of the stench. Excess moisture, smoke, pet urine, food, and tracked in soil can all cause stenches, and they may remain indefinitely until treated. Carpeting, upholstery and other textiles are often a breeding ground for the kinds of bacteria that cause repulsive smells, and eliminating these can be tough to do for a person who isn’t trained in the field.

What are the best ways to deal with different odor sources?

The worst odors are often associated with damage caused by disasters. Flood damage often leaves behind mold and bacteria, while fires create huge amounts of smoke. Molds and bacteria have to be eliminated before their smell can be removed. Extensive cleaning and the use of proper  antimicrobial agents can get rid of the source and the stench-causing microbe.

Smoke is particularly difficult to get rid of because it penetrates nearly every material in the home. Carpet, furniture, walls and ceilings can all harbor the smell of smoke, and it can quickly spread throughout the building. Smoke smells also have a tendency to return even after they seem to be gone. The only way to ensure their elimination is a thorough cleaning of all surfaces the smoke came in contact with, and the use of a professional counteractant calibrated for the material that is affected.

Organic sources often require a targeted solution to eliminate because bacteria will quickly return if any part of the source remains. The best way to do this is with an oxidizer or enzyme that can break down the organic matter. Finding the right compound, though, can be difficult to do without the proper training.

When should a professional be contacted to perform odor control?

While some isolated odors can be eliminated with concerted effort, any smell that lingers after cleaning or is caused by water, smoke or organic material should be left to a professional. Most likely the homeowner is not getting to the source of the problem and completely eradicating it.

What kind of training do odor control professionals have?

Professionals certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are able to quickly detect and isolate the source of the smell using their extensive knowledge. During their seven hour course, technicians are taught the theory behind odor removal, including the latest technologies and substances used to eliminate repulsive smells. Technicians that are trained in fire and smoke restoration are capable of finding smoke infiltration and selecting the correct counteractant. These professionals can also seal off some materials to block in any smells that remain.

Water damage restoration technicians trained through the IICRC are able to detect and eliminate the molds and bacteria that may be the factor of unwanted smells. Water damage restoration professionals are also trained in the proper drying of material, which is an essential part of the stench removing process.

These professionals can all help a home or business owner get rid of a lingering stench for good. With the help of a professional, carpet, furniture, and a home can be rescued from this frustrating problem.




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