Commercial buildings and residential homes experience strong, pungent odors for several reasons such as smoke from fires or water intrusion from broken pipes or floods. With the thermal fogging odor removal services from Five Star Complete Restoration, your building will smell fresh, clean, and odor-free. Call us today at (888) 322-1291 to request an estimate today.Request Estimate
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What Is Thermal Fogging?
Thermal fogging is a disinfection method that involves a thermal fogging machine that heats a deodorizer and then sprays it out as a mist. The mist is a water-based and solvent-based thermal-fogging agent that can easily reach anywhere in a building, including places that other forms of mitigation can’t reach like small cracks, walls, carpets, and ductwork. When the mist comes into contact with odor-causing smoke particles or germs, a chemical reaction renders these microorganisms incapable of releasing any more unpleasant smells. Thermal fogging odor removal is highly effective compared to old-fashioned cleaning methods where cleaners are simply applied to surfaces.
Depending on the situation, we may use this method in combination with other mitigation techniques such as water extraction, pump outs, and structural drying by means of dehumidification.
Thermal Fogging Disinfection for Smoke Damage
We typically consider thermal fogging to counteract the effects of smoke damage, but honestly, it does more than rid your building of unpleasant vapors. When you smell smoky or burning odors, you’re in the presence of invisible air particles that can cause respiratory problems and other hazardous health issues like cancer. This is particularly dangerous for babies, young children, senior citizens, and anyone who has a compromised immune system.
Our trained technicians can also employ thermal fogging disinfection to get rid of lingering fireplace and tobacco odors. Tobacco odor can be a particularly tough smell to eliminate, but thermal fogging can definitely do the trick.
Thermal Fogging & Ozone Deodorization
Ozone deodorization is another odor-eliminating technique often used in conjunction with thermal fogging. This particular process uses electricity to create O3, the special kind of oxygen molecule you may smell after a storm. Ozone sanitizes air by breaking down odors, microorganisms, and other pollutants lurking in your home or place of business.
This method is often the odor-expelling strategy of choice for removing pungent smells from paper, books, clothing, upholstery, or other porous items. It’s a permanent remedy that does not damage these articles and leaves behind no lingering odor of its own.
Thermal Fogging & COVID-19
In today’s world, one additional use of thermal fogging deserves special mention. Many of us are worried about COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, to the extent that drastic measures have been taken. People are isolating themselves and businesses are limiting their ways of interacting with customers or closing until the epidemic runs its course. Local governments are ordering business closings and event cancelations as well as placing limits on the size of public gatherings.
There’s reason to believe that coronavirus may linger on a surface and remain infectious for some time. That means that if coronavirus contamination has occurred in a home or place of business, professionals should sanitize the building making it safe for customers and employees. Thermal fogging disinfection offers a way of accomplishing this complete sanitization.
Preparing for Thermal Fogging
Once it's determined that a structure is in need of thermal fogging, these steps can assist in preparing the building for the process:
- Close all exterior doors and windows.
- Extinguish any open flames like pilot lights and turn off all gas lines.
- Cover or disable smoke detectors.
- Make sure that no people or pets are inside when the thermal fogging occurs.
- If there are items you don’t want the mist to touch, take them out of the building or cover them with sheets or plastic.
- Open cabinets, drawers, and closets to aid the mist in reaching all interior locations.
- Let neighbors and the local fire department know about the thermal fogging so they won’t mistake the mist for the smoke of a fire.
Thermal Fogging Experts since 2002
When your Indianapolis home or business needs thermal fogging, call the experts at Five Star Completion Restoration. Our trained, licensed, and certified professionals have mastered this odor-eliminating method as well as other damage mitigation and building restoration solutions such as water extractions, pipe burst cleanup, sewage cleanup, commercial mold remediation, and electrostatic disinfection. Request our an estimate today by calling (888) 322-1291. We serve Indianapolis and all nearby communities including Noblesville, Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Plainfield, Muncie, Lawrence, and beyond.