OUR PROVEN ODOR REMOVAL TECHNIQUES use a range of advanced deodorization tools to eliminate odors including but not limited to:
- Thorough cleaning. Cleaning the affected area is paramount, along with removal of the odor causing contaminant
- Air cleaning. Air scrubbers use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration to remove odorous particles from the air, enhancing the efficiency of cleaning and clearing the air for safe breathing
- Fogging. Thermal fogging neutralizes odor, using a strong deodorizer that penetrates the smallest cavity where the odor is trapped.
- Ozone. Ozone is an oxidizing agent produced by a portable ozone generator
We also have in our facility a room dedicated to removing odors form your belongings such as clothing, and furniture.
We provided odor removal on all sorts of things:
- Bluetooth headphones
- Cars (infested by pests)
- Fire damage
- Tobacco Smoke
- Mold odors
- Cannabis and grow houses
- Car parts
FIRE AND SMOKE
Structure fires usually create pressure and heat upon the building and contents. Pressure and heat open the pores of the materials allowing odors to deeply penetrate. In a structure fire, smoke, soot and associated odors can linger long after the flames are extinguished. The residual odors of a structure fire are not only irritating, but can cause long term health effects.
WATER AND MOLD
As long as we continue to install water pipes in buildings, there is always an opportunity for leakage, water damage and mold growth. Without immediate remediation, floods and leaks can damage the structure integrity of your home, cause a persistent mildew smell, and even have negative health affects.
SEWAGE AND BIOLOGICAL SOURCES
sewage emits a particularly strong odor that no one wants in their home. When a sewage backup strikes, you want the bacteria-ridden waste material and its accompanying stench removed as soon as possible to prevent coming into contact with harmful pathogens.
WHAT CAUSES BAD ODORS IN YOUR HOME?
The odor removal experts at HFR are equipped to fully assess and safely eliminate smells caused by:
- Fire & Smoke
- Water & Mold
- Sewage & Biological Sources
Restoration professionals are often asked if they are able to remove cigarette or tobacco smoke odors. For instance, a home may need to be deodorized when it is being sold; an apartment may need the service between tenants; an automobile may need odor removal; etc.
The EPA says that Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, plus the smoke exhaled by the smoker. It is a complex mixture of over 4,000 compounds, more than 40 of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals, and many of which are strong irritants. ETS is often referred to as “secondhand smoke,” and exposure to ETS is often called “passive smoking.”
The smoke from tobacco clouds the air and sticks to every surface of the area. People can also see, smell, and feel a yellowish-brown, sticky substance that is left on all surfaces and furniture in areas where smoking has taken place. This extremely hard to remove residue discolors painted surfaces and plastics. It can permanently change the appearance of wallpaper, blinds, paint, and many other items in the area. The smoke can penetrate into furniture, carpets, walls, windows, and every other nook and cranny in the area. And the building’s HVAC system will carry the smoke odor and the residues throughout the structure. The contaminants are not only unsightly but can off-gas odors that many people simply find unbearable.
The end result of long term smoking in enclosed areas is much the same as that of an actual fire. Unfortunately, one difference is that the smoke from a fire is sometimes much easier to remove from walls or other surfaces than tobacco smoke. Removing tobacco residues can be a real challenge. It is very time consuming, as residues are present throughout the entire home, business, or other affected area.
The “soft” things in a home such as upholstery, bedding, window coverings, clothes, etc. will need special attention. Because they absorb odors so well, and are often easily damaged, they will be very difficult to successfully restore and may require outside specialists. Testing should be conducted to evaluate the success of such efforts. In many cases, the decision is made to simply replace these materials and items.
After the restoration professional has finished the cleaning, it may be necessary to use specialized, professional equipment to help remove the very last of the odors, often in areas that cannot be cleaned (inside joints, inside walls, etc.) This will often involve hydroxyl generators or ozone generators. Both are professional equipment that creates molecules which can follow the smoke into tiny spaces, and both processes effectively destroy the malodorous particles.