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Factors that Affect Odor After a Fire

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most important concerns for complete restoration after a fire is controlling or eliminating the odors. When attempting to eradicate the odors after a fire, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration during the restoration process. These factors all impact the strength of the odor that is left behind.


Factors that Affect Fire Odor



  • Size – Larger fires burn more objects and bring more smoke. With more smoke, there is stronger smell.

  • Length – The longer a structure has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the odor has seeped into porous materials.

  • Space – The smaller the room where the fire occurs, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor becomes.

  • Items – Not all items smell the same when burning. For example, wood and plastic have very different smells and consistency. This needs to be considered during the restoration process.


Where the fire damage occurred and what items burned are the two main concerns in the fire restoration process. The technicians at SERVPRO of Cincinnati East are fire restoration specialists and have the training, expertise, and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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