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Old 08-02-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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How to get rid of burn smell in basement

We have a finished basement where we used to have a microwave. Recently we had an incident (call it a botched scientific experiment) when something left in the microwave for a long period of time caught fire. Fortunately for us, this did not turn into a basement fire. However, now we have a strong burn smell in the basement that we can't get rid of. One problem is that there is very little air circulation there as basement windows are very small and there is no central heating/air in the basement.

Any recommendation on how we can get rid of the smell? Should we get one of those large fans that are used to dry basements after flooding, open all the windows and run the fan for a long time? Or do we need to treat the whole basement with some type of chemical?



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Old 08-03-2010, 07:49 AM   #2
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You will need one of the blowers with the trunks to help pull air out of the basement, and at the same time having a window or door open on the other end to allow fresh air in. You can also contact Serv-Pro and see what they recommend.


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This should be covered by your fire insurance! Hire a professional fire cleanup service to do this, as they have the know-how to deal with this!
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #4
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Dumb question...did you remove the microwave? I had a buddy do the same thing with popcorn. Went over to see and the MW was still there. After he took it out, air cleaned in a couple of days. Now his garage smells like burnt popcorn
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