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Cigarette Smoke Damage Can Make a Home Non Salable

Oct 22

Today we will be talking about cigarette smoke damage. We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that it can put your home at risk? It's true! Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals that are released into the air when a cigarette is lit. Among these chemicals are numerous volatile organic compounds that are caustic to human tissue.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified over 4000 chemical compounds in cigarette smoke including carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic and hydrogen cyanide. These chemicals become concentrated in the walls of the building where they remain even after smoke dissipates due to airflow or ventilation currents. The combination of these chemicals with smoke particles can lead to paint blistering and peeling, discoloration, and worse. Most professional real estate associates advise property owners who are selling a home with interior cigarette smoke residue to hire a professional cleaning service.

Homes With Substantial Cigarette Smoke Damage Require Professional Cleaning To Sell For Top Dollar

The most effective way to remove smoke residue and cigarette smoke smells are by using a heavy-duty smoke removal solution. Smoke damage can be removed from even the hardest materials such as concrete, wood, and stone. However, smoke damage is irreversible, and removing it without professional help may result in a lost value or reduced resale value of your property.

Homes with substantial cigarette smoke damage require professional cleaning to sell for top dollar. A home that has been smoked in does not appeal to some people, despite no current smoking taking place inside the property. Professional smoke damage cleaners will use a variety of methods including ozone generators, HEPA air purifiers, and antibacterial foggers to expel smoke particles from every crack and crevice of your home or office space.

If smoke damage is not removed from your property, the smoke smell will continue to linger. This smoke smell can be toxic and is a hazard for anyone who visits or lives in that space. Professional cleaning services will remove smoke stains and cigarette smoke residue and provide you and your family with a smoke-free environment.

You may be able to clean smoke smells yourself with baking soda, water, and vinegar solution. However, if the problem persists it is best to call professional cleaners who specialize in smoke damage restoration. Cleaning with commercial-grade deodorizers (such as pet odor removers) combined with industrial-strength fans can make short work of the most stubborn smoke problems, even after heavy smoking has taken place inside your home or office building.

Many smoke odors are not able to be smelled by our noses, however, they can be detected with smoke detection equipment. Smoke damage is a leading cause of smoke smell complaints from new residents in a building, real estate agents and managers should consider smoke decontamination as part of any smoke odor complaint.

As an added bonus, most professional smoke removal technicians will also perform asbestos testing as part of their smoke damage cleaning service so you can rest assured that your home or office space does not contain this dangerous substance at levels high enough to be hazardous to your health. If asbestos is found, we will work directly with the appropriate authorities and business partners to ensure that all necessary disposal costs and paperwork is handled properly and on time.