Does Air Duct Cleaning Remove Smoke Odor?

A household fire leaves plenty of damage that you can see, but the invisible effects can be equally destructive. The lingering smell of smoke that permeates your home after a fire is far more than a mere nuisance. If you can smell smoke, dangerous chemicals and particulate matter may be getting into your lungs, and that’s not healthy. Small children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease are at particularly high risk of developing serious health effects from secondhand smoke exposure, so restoring air quality is critical for your family’s safety and well-being. Cleaning your air ducts is an important step.

How Duct Cleaning Fights Smoke Odors

Your ventilation system is designed to move air around your home, and it probably does its job well. Unfortunately, this means that when a fire occurs, smoke is distributed throughout your home just as efficiently. As it passes through your HVAC system, smoke leaves behind contaminates that cling to the inside surfaces of your duct work and get trapped in debris or dust that’s already there. Any fresh air entering the system becomes contaminated and picks up the odor of the smoky residue. A professional air duct cleaning removes the debris. An odor oxidizer can then be applied to break down any remaining chemicals that cause smoke odors. Although it can be very effective, duct cleaning usually isn’t enough. After contaminated air has been distributed throughout a home, soot and smoke residue settles onto fabrics and other materials. Additional cleaning and restoration is often necessary to remove odors emitted from textiles, stationary objects and room surfaces.

Combatting Smoke Odor in Textiles

To completely restore your home’s air quality, it’s necessary to carefully remove soot and odors from carpet, upholstery, clothing and other textile items. Fire restoration professionals often use a deodorizing ozone generator to break up smoke at a molecular level. It may be necessary to temporarily relocate all affected items to an ozone room or tent for treatment. Refurbishing household textiles and other items after a fire is a job best left to professionals; using the wrong chemical agent or deodorizing process could permanently damage your belongings. Professionals also know how to perform restoration tasks in the right order, which is especially important when water or structural damage has also occurred.

When Smoke Odor Lingers, We Can Help

Making your home safe and healthy while preserving the integrity of your belongings requires experience, professional expertise and the right equipment. At Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, we have all three. Fire and smoke damage restoration is one of our core services; we’ve been minimizing fire victims’ monetary and emotional losses for more than 40 years. To learn more or to get help immediately, contact us today.

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Is There Something Lurking in Your Home’s Ductwork?

The potential hazards of dirty ducts and how to combat them

The air duct system in your home is responsible for delivering warm and cool air as needed, but are you sure that’s all that’s blowing around the house? If your ducts are dirty, they could be doing more harm than good every time you adjust the thermostat.

Health Risks

Severe buildup of dirt and debris inside ducts can cause allergens, pathogens, and mold to wind up in the air of your home. Extremely dirty ducts are a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, and other health hazards that constantly recirculate if the ducts aren’t clean. Simply living in your home creates up to 40 pounds of dirt per year, much of which gets pulled into the duct system and can aggravate allergies and asthma when pushed back out.

Fire Hazard

When dirt accumulates in the duct area above your furnace, there’s a risk that excess could drop onto the burners inside and catch fire. Dirty ducts may also accompany a dirty filter, a problem that creates a twofold fire hazard. One, a dirty filter may cause the furnace to operate at a dangerously high temperature, increasing the chance of fire. Two, the dirt in the filter may become excessive and fall into the furnace unit itself where it can start a blaze.

HVAC Failure

Air can’t circulate well through dirty ducts, so your heating and cooling system has to work harder to maintain a constant temperature. Over time, this puts strain on the unit and can cause premature failure. Plus, it doesn’t take more than 1/16 of an inch of debris accumulating on a heating or cooling coil to decrease the efficiency of the entire system.

Cleaning Up

Incorporate these steps into your regular cleaning routine to help prevent dust and debris from collecting in your air ducts and winding up in your home:

• Vacuum and dust all rooms well on a regular basis

• Inspect your furnace filter and change it if need be

• Check ducts for leaks and fix any minor damage you find

• Schedule regular HVAC maintenance

The best way to get all the dirt out of your ducts is to let the pros do the work. For a thorough air duct cleaning job, call Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling. With an expert staff trained in all aspects of service, we can ensure that your ducts are completely cleaned out to keep you and your family safe from potential hazards. Visit our website for a full description of services that we offer to residents of Fort Wayne, IN, or to contact us for an appointment.

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