If you're like most people, the smell of smoke is probably already enough to make your lungs, and the rest of your body, cringe after a house fire. The last thing you need right now is to deal with the nasty chemicals that some fire damage repair companies need to use to get your home back to its prior state. The good news is that you don't have to deal with any chemicals, or their residual smell. This guide explains why dry ice blasting is becoming the preferred method of smoke remediation.
What Dry Ice Is
Dry ice is carbon dioxide in a solid form. Its temperature is -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead of forming a puddle of water when it melts, it quickly turns to gas.
Think back to your high school chemistry days at the excitement you felt when your teacher brought in a cooler full of dry ice for some experiment. The steam from the dry ice made you wonder if you were about to embark on a witches brew project. This steam creates the perfect smoke cleaning substance for your smoke-damaged home.
How Dry Ice Cleans Smoke Damage
If you ask your smoke remediation company to use dry ice to clean your smoke damaged home, they'll bring in a machine called a dry ice blaster. This machine shoots dry ice pellets at the walls, floors and other surfaces. The high speed causes the pellets to vaporize when they hit the surface. However, they don't just vaporize; they explode.
During this explosion, the gas spreads to cover a large surface area in just a second. This explosion removes the soot and smoke off any surface workers point the blaster at, and it removes several layers of it in one shot.
Note: Before you get too excited and want to play with this machine yourself, understand that dry ice is dangerous and it's best to leave this to the professionals.
The Best Reason to Use Dry Ice
Don't let the word "gas" fool you. The gas released during the dry ice pellet explosion isn't harmful in the slightest bit. In addition to it being the safe for your health and environment, it is the quickest method to clean smoke-damaged surfaces. You'll breathe a lot easier, and because no chemical cleaners touch the surfaces, you don't have to worry about further damage.
Ask a smoke damage service like Serclean Inc if dry ice blasting is an option. Keep children and pets away from the room while the cleaning is going on.