How to Remove Odor from Flooding in Commercial Property
Commercial Flood Damage
Damp odor instantly puts people off of whatever they are eating or drinking. Foul, non-food odors rapidly drive away customers from restaurants and bars. A recurring odor can stain the reputation of a business if not dealt with quickly. We utilize these odor removal practices to ensure your business is sustained.
Deodorizing a restaurant is just as important as removing standing water to combat commercial flood damage in Miramar Beach. SERVPRO maintains a highly trained, 24-hour response team to remediate the effects of damaging water; physical and odorous. Among the most common sources of odor in flood waters are dirt, garbage, mildew, and sewage.
The first thing our technicians do is identify and remove the origin of the odor. It is important to identify it before cleaning anything in the structure because our chemical cleaners can mask the odors. In most cases, the odor source is building material or a property item that has not dried completely. Technicians use the pumps, extractors, space heaters, and dehumidifiers in our equipment inventory to professionally dry everything. With drying completed, the next step is deodorization. Since there are usually multiple odors from some sources, we use multiple methods to stop, block, cover up, and remove them.
Disinfectants and sanitizers are some of the most common we use. They inhibit fungus, and mold spore growth and our technicians use them after lowering the moisture levels to the point that forces spores to return to a dormant state. Filtration and absorption agents reduce humidity and some types of oil residues. These are activated charcoals and work well in cleaning out odors as part of air filtration units.
Pairing chemicals attach themselves to odor particles. These particles then fall out of the atmosphere and onto surfaces where technicians more easily remove and dispose of them. We use pairing chemicals with ULV (ultra low volume) wet foggers to disperse them. Electrically generated deodorizers mix ozone gas with odor particles to change the chemical structure. These generators remove odors that have penetrated deeply into a structure and are otherwise not removable.
Finally, when we have eliminated every odor possible, technicians use masking agents to cover up remaining, foul odors with a pleasing one. These products come in various smells and are in the form of time release beads. Masking agents are also useful to cover up the smell of other cleaning agents before they eventually fade away.
Removing and cleaning odors left from flooding is a difficult process that requires a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Destin, Seaside, and Freeport keeps you informed at every step while working to reopen your doors to customers. Call us today at (850) 267-0746.