You guys seem to have it all… We had smoke come in from the outside HVAC unit that caught fire at a home we just completely renovated. No one lives there; it’s basically a brand new empty house with hardwood and tile floors Sheetrock with texture Finnish walls and ceilings. The smoke came through the vent from outside.
Now it smells like smoke but looks brand new. I here people refer to using a hot thermal fogger to rid the home of the smoke smell (we plan to wipe down the whole house with chemical sponges to get any little residue that is on the surfaces also).
What have you seen from experience and would recommend to do or use regarding applicator and product?
Your help is appreciated and we’re thankful!
Thank You, Have a nice day!
I have seen and dealt with many problems similar to the one described in your message. Regardless of how the smoke got into the living area, the problems I’ve handled include whole house odors that were seemingly everywhere. The worse ones can many times be the easiest to control and when one has the mindset of treating all surfaces throughout the structure, most any odor problem can be handled. Failure to remove the odors promptly is almost always related to not treating enough of the structure or not getting the product where it can do the most good.
In your situation, it sounds like you’re prepared to treat it all. However, I’m afraid you’ve already missed your best “chance” of getting rid of it easily. If the previous construction had a good floor covering in place, it’s possible only a little bit of the smoke odor came to rest on the sub-flooring. But if this area was heavily impregnated with smoke and is now unreachable due to the recent hardwood floor that’s been installed, the smoke odor could linger longer than you’d like. But I don’t think you have much of a choice here; get as much treated as you can and hope that does the job. I’ve seen it go both ways. In general, I always like to see the sub-flooring treated before anything is installed because then I know the problem will be gone. But even in cases where this wasn’t possible the odor can be defeated with a thorough and detailed approach.
As for equipment; nothing special is really needed. Thermal foggers won’t add anything extra to the treatment so no need to even consider their use or expense. The key here is getting the product where it needs to be: on the odor molecules. This can be done adequately with most any PUMP SPRAYER or even wiping surfaces with a rag or sponge. Fogging can be productive when you have areas to treat which are hard to access. Attics, crawl spaces and other inaccessible areas fall into this category. But thermal foggers only produce small micron sized particles and though helpful when treating for small air born insects like no see ums and mosquitoes, there isn’t much benefit from these small particles in confined areas like a home or a target which isn’t moving in the air. If you feel fogging will be needed based on large voids or other spaces with a lot of hard to access areas that need to be treated, the BG2300 will do a good job.
Lastly, the best product for odor control and removal is the NNZ or N7C. No doubt this product can knock out smoke odor with one thorough treatment. If you have lingering odor in a few places following your initial treatment, apply the NNZ more specifically and to areas you may have missed first time around to complete the job. NNZ is both safe and non hazardous making it a great product for use inside any home. If you have further questions or need any help resolving this problem, please give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290.