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When Your New Home Smells Like Smoke

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Your New Home Smells Like Smoke Smoke odors have to go

Buying a house always contains a level of risk. You can’t always see what is going on inside the walls or utility systems, and neither can the inspector.

Unpleasant Odors

Recent home buyers of a single-family ranch called us because several days after moving in, their home suddenly had an overwhelming smoke odor. They couldn’t find a fire, but they needed our help in removing the odor before they finished unpacking.

Upon arrival, our production manager discovered the smell was strongest in the area of the basement fireplace. The homeowners had not yet used the fireplace, so they couldn’t understand why that would make their entire house smell like smoke.

Damaged Chimney

Our production manager investigated further and found that the chimney damper was open and unable to close fully. High winds were blowing soot particulates through the fireplace, and they had entered the HVAC system and spread throughout the home.

Containment and Air Filter

The chimney would require a specialist to repair, so our first step was to seal the fireplace to stop the particulates entering the home. We also set up a HEPA-filtered air filtration device to pull soot particulates out of the air.

Deep Cleaning

We proceeded to clean all surfaces including ceilings, walls, baseboards, trim, flooring, windows, and cabinets. Additionally, we cleaned all of the contents that had already been unpacked.

Duct Cleaning

Our technicians also completed a thorough duct cleaning to ensure the HVAC system would not redistribute soot in the home.

Ozone Machine

Finally, we installed an ozone machine to fully neutralize any remaining odors. During this step, the homeowners were unable to occupy the home for about 24 hours.

Call for Odor Removal

Give SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford a call if you smell something you shouldn’t in your home. We have the tools and technical knowhow to make your space smell nice and allow occupants to breathe easy.

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