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.