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Robert Guercio 12-20-2013 06:40 PM

Fire Smell
 
Hi All,

We had a minor fire in the kitchen but it has caused one heck of a smell in the house. Unfortunately, we have carpeting which I imagine makes it worse.

In any case, are there any tricks I can perform to get rid of the smell as fast as possible?

Thanks in advance,
Bob

joed 12-20-2013 07:07 PM

material like carpets and drapes, mattresses, sofas,etc will absorb the smoke smell. They should probably be removed from the house to air out if not be replaced.

gregzoll 12-20-2013 07:57 PM

Really depends on how much smoke there was from the fire, and what kind of fire it was. Now the big question is, why are you not working with your insurance company, to have a smoke & fire remediation company come in to clean things up, along with eliminate the odor.

Robert Guercio 12-20-2013 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 1281003)
Now the big question is, why are you not working with your insurance company, to have a smoke & fire remediation company come in to clean things up, along with eliminate the odor.

It really wasn't much of a fire and the odor seems to me like it will dissipate in a few days. I asked the question because I wanted to play it safe just in case it's worse than I think.

The smoke was from an empty pot being left on the stove. The smell is rather unique. Actually, there were no flames.

If the smell does persist, I will work with the insurance company.

Bob

gregzoll 12-20-2013 08:38 PM

Call around to the local places that handle this stuff. Servpro will be e/pensive, but Chemdry & Stanley Steamer handle these things. Even something like Merry Maids could give you an estimate to scrubbing stuff down.

I used to work with a lady at my old state unit, that owns her own cleaning company. Stuff like this was one of the things she did, along with prepping homes for sale on the market.

You can find the recipes for using stuff like Murphy's Soap, and Sudzy Ammonia to clean down the walls. Flooring would involve other methods.

Even though it was a small incident. If the local fire department showed up, it will be on the home's permanent record that there was a "fire" incident there, even though there was no severe damage.

Call your agent, they may have a list of local small business owners that your insurance company works with, or your agent knows the person and can recommend them. Best thing about word of mouth, is if you trust the person giving it, it will save you money, and you end up doing repeat business with them, if you like their price and work.

hpyjack2013 12-26-2013 10:03 PM

A lot of people think a small fire doesn't cause much damage, but you'll be surprised just how much damage it actually causes. If you have the fire insurance and not too high a deductible call them or get a public or private appraiser to come and take a look.

ToolSeeker 12-27-2013 07:29 AM

Since there was no fire just a scorched pan I would never involve the insurance co. Wash your drapes, clean your rugs, clean the furniture, weather permitting air out the house a little.

hpyjack2013 12-27-2013 07:34 AM

Why not he wondered

gregzoll 12-27-2013 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by ToolSeeker (Post 1283144)
Since there was no fire just a scorched pan I would never involve the insurance co. Wash your drapes, clean your rugs, clean the furniture, weather permitting air out the house a little.

We have had a couple of situations in my neighborhood, that had a small pot caught on fire on the stove. Ended up ServPro and Evan's Fire Restoration Services here in Springfield have handled these.

They take those items that were affected by the smell or smoke particles from the fire, and were able to clean them, get rid of the smell. When they are done, you could never tell that anything had happened in the home.

You can do everything you can to attempt to get rid of the smell, but if it is clothing items, there is no Over The Counter items that you can buy, that will get rid of the smell. Just ask any Fire Fighter. They will tell you that there is special laundry detergent that works, but you can still smell a faint smell.

hpyjack2013 12-27-2013 08:35 AM

weather will make a big difference also. When it's nice and dry you won't smell anything and then when it rains or gets damp...hmm what's that smell? If you worried about insurance rate going up, check with a public adjuster first, you might have to pay them upfront, but it could wind up putting 100's or even a few thousand dollars in your pocket to help clean up the mess. I know about what I speak of .

gregzoll 12-27-2013 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by hpyjack2013 (Post 1283185)
weather will make a big difference also. When it's nice and dry you won't smell anything and then when it rains or gets damp...hmm what's that smell? If you worried about insurance rate going up, check with a public adjuster first, you might have to pay them upfront, but it could wind up putting 100's or even a few thousand dollars in your pocket to help clean up the mess. I know about what I speak of .

I know of only a few companies that will attempt to jack your rate up, when you put in a claim like this.

There is a reason you pay into HomeOwners & Renters Insurance, so that you can cover these incidents. Even in a Rental, if you had a fire a few units down, and your household goods were damaged with smoke or just the smell, the insurance company will cover the work needed to get rid of the smells, and wipe down the walls, appliances, furnishings, ceilings, ductwork, carpeting, that your building management does not cover the costs for for their property.

eandjsdad 12-27-2013 10:24 AM

I wouldn't use a public adjuster for this.

Startingover 12-27-2013 03:35 PM

I've done that a couple of time. Heating a skillet, walk away a minute and forget it till the kitchens fills with smoke and the alarms goes off.

Mopping the floor helps. Then wiping down all the surfaces in the kitchen with whatever you use. Something strong on stove and fridge and depending on cabinets give them a quick wipe.

I also spray carpet in adjoining rooms, that were smokey, with Febreeze. And gave the furniture a quick Febreeze spray. Grab a couple of paper towels and windex and wipe down the kitchen windows.

Then I go thru the house with Lysol spray.

EDIT:
What I left on the stove recently, on high, was an old iron skillet I was drying. Stepped outside, then heard the smoke detector beeping and the kitchen and LR were literally full of gray smoke.

In my case it might have been the oil buildup on the skillet from when I oil it to season it. Yes, the smoke leaves a bad odor.

ToolSeeker 12-27-2013 05:29 PM

I agree on some of you if there was a fire, smoke damage, water damage, but this was a scorched pan. NO fire.

Nailbags 12-30-2013 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Robert Guercio (Post 1281014)
It really wasn't much of a fire and the odor seems to me like it will dissipate in a few days. I asked the question because I wanted to play it safe just in case it's worse than I think.

The smoke was from an empty pot being left on the stove. The smell is rather unique. Actually, there were no flames.

If the smell does persist, I will work with the insurance company.

Bob

If that was a teflon coated pot. the smoke from that is highly toxic! http://www.wisegeek.org/is-teflon-dangerous.htm Phosgene gas is one of them nastys that comes off from over heated teflon. Just saying you might has made a your own hazmat site.


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