Smoke Damage Restoration: Can You Do It Yourself?

by / Monday, 13 January 2014 / Published in Blog

While it is unfortunate, many homeowners will experience some type of smoke damage within their homes. Thousands of unsuspecting homeowners have been faced with this problem, and this is the sort of disaster that is not going away. Many of those who suffer smoke damage to their homes wonder if they can do the restoration work on their own. Before deciding to tackle this task, read this article for some tips and professional advice.

Assessing the Damage:

This is one of the most important parts of deciding whether or not you want to try to do your own smoke damage restoration. If your fire was very minor and did not spread, then you may be able to do the clean up yourself. For simple soot cleanup, which is mandatory if you want to rid your home of odors, use a detergent that is specially made for this purpose. You will also need to deep clean your floors carpets and, perhaps, your furnishings as well. If you have strong odors or a lot of soot, consider bringing in a professional.

Odor Control:

Besides the soot problem, most homeowners will have odor problems after a fire. This can be true for any size fire. Dealing with odors can be one of the most frustrating jobs the homeowner will face as treating smoke odors effectively often requires special equipment and cleaning products as well as knowledge of where to find the soot and damage that is causing the odor in the first place.

Some homeowners may want to consider renting an ozone machine to rid the home of odors. These machines eliminate smoke odors by breaking down the odor molecules. The problem with using an ozone machine is that you will have to leave the home for at least a few days. No one should enter the home while the machine is doing its business and it is advisable to put up warning signs as well.

Professional smoke restoration companies can normally rid the home of odors without having to resort to ozone machines. Their techniques are less intrusive and just as effective. If you have a severe odor problem, it is worth your while to contact a professional to see what they can do to resolve your problem.


While you may be able to restore your home if the fire was minor, any fire larger than that will often require the services of a professional. The cost of hiring a professional is often no more than what you would spend renting equipment and buy cleaning supplies. When you work with a professional, you know that they know what they are doing and are able to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

If you have smoke damage and want to get rid of it once and for all, contact us today. We can inspect your property and offer the best advice on how to resolve the various problems that you are experiencing. Call us before you decide to do this work yourself.