Odor Removal | Lansing & Mid Michigan
Identifying the Source
When dealing with odor the key to remember it that odor is the sensation of smell that is transmitted from the nose to the brain. The nose is the best equipment available to detect odor. Once the odor has been detected a combination of techniques will be utilized to complete the job successfully. Odor removal is typically obtained by removing as much of the source as possible. Most of the time this step works and the odor will dissipate. In other tough to solve odor issues the source may be hard to detect. In these tough cases McCardel Restoration recommends having one of our certified odor technicians visit the site and perform an odor inspection or start treatment for odor removal immediately.
Sources of Odor
Odor can be present for a number of reasons. Some of the many different types of odors McCardel Restoration has encountered are due to: Fire damage, Smoke Damage, Water Damage, Sewage Damage, Fuel Spills, Pets, Fungus or Mold, decaying animals, pesticides, and etc… Each odor is unique and has to be addressed according to the type of odor present. Once the source is detected the proper deodorization techniques can be started and the odor removed.
The basic steps of deodorization entail the following: Removal of the source of contamination, clean the area thoroughly, recreate the conditions of odor penetration, and seal the area if necessary. Removal and cleaning are first then it’s time to recreate the conditions of odor penetration. Thermal fogging is one technique frequently used. It consists of emitting a vaporized gas into the air to act as a perfume and helps to neutralize the odor molecule. Use of an Ozone machine is another frequently used technique utilized to neutralize odor. An ozone machine puts off gas that reacts with odor molecules, giving off an extra oxygen atom and oxidizing these molecules, eliminating the bad smell. While these techniques are the most common others are also used to eliminate and fight tough odors. After the odor has dissipated we seal the source if possible with some type of sealer to keep the odor if any is remaining from emitting. In most cases when the odor is no longer detectable by the nose for over a 24 hour period it is considered removed.
Note: It is important to reiterate that each odor removal process varies from one to the other. In some cases an odor will dissipate immediately after certain techniques are performed. In other cases the odor may linger and require additional steps to effectively remove the odor. The nose is our only tool for detection of an odor and removal of the source is the most effective technique. We start with simple techniques and move up to special techniques if the odor persists.
McCardel Restoration is a full service Restoration company with emergency services available to our customers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our success is measured by how quickly we can re-establish your daily routine. At McCardel Restoration, our thorough communication, Estimation and Procedural Operation will help to minimize your inconvenience caused by the odor in your home or building. Let us assist you during this challenging time. Call now to schedule your odor removal service: 517-339-FIRE (3473).