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Melting Snow and Ice Means Water … and Odor

Most Coloradans know well enough the dangers of the rugged state’s seasonal changes. Winter brings snow and ice and the potential for frozen, broken pipes.

Spring brings the thaw, which can turn to flooding when seasonal rains get heavy and join forces with the melting runoff.

It doesn’t take a disaster to create odors. And odor problems can arise weeks or even months after your property is restored after water or other damage.

Understanding Stink

To understand how odors can stealthily creep into your property, you need to understand what causes odors. Essentially, odors are your olfactory system’s signals in response to microscopic particles or gas or vapor in the air you breathe. They can be produced by chemical or physical reactions, such as decomposition or fire, or as byproducts of fungal or bacterial growth. Human, animal or chemical waste can emit gas, vapor or particles that create noxious odors.

Circumstances that can result in noxious odors can include:

  • Chemical spills
  • Dead animals in walls or crawl spaces
  • Rotten food
  • Mold or other fungal growth
  • Standing water
  • Fire or smoke damage
  • Sewage leaks or spills

Fighting Stink

The particles and substances that cause odors can permeate and become trapped in any porous material, including furniture, paint, wallpaper, carpets and rugs, even books. So its important to locate and understand the source of odors and have the knowledge and tools to safely and effectively eliminate them.

Abbotts odor elimination specialists use technology and experience to identify the causes of odors, remove them, then completely disinfect areas where odors were trapped. We can eliminate even the worst odors, thoroughly cleaning up and deodorizing mold, crime scenes, decomposing animals, sewage spills, hoarding filth and more. Call us anytime, any day, and we’ll be on the way.


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