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SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea Banishes Persistent Odors

The Source is Gone, but the Aroma Lingers On

Some odors linger long after the offending source is gone. The reason is that molecules or larger particles of the source are often difficult to remove. Masking the odors with other scents is a temporary solution, and it doesn’t always work.

Particularly Persistent

Nicotine: Landlords need odor-removal services before new tenants will move in to nicotine-smelling units. SERVPRO® of Austin & Albert Lea provides cleaning services that include odor removal.

Animal dander: Some animals have more body odor than others, either because of breed (among dogs, hounds are infamous for their distinctive odors), illness, or individual differences. Dander floats throughout a building, landing far from the animal. Just to make things even worse, dander clumps to other particles of dander, then gets on clothing and other objects, resulting in person-supported travel.

Skunk: Anyone who has a dog that has been sprayed knows the smell seems to come back even after a good bath. BTW, tomato juice does not work. Anything our stomachs can tolerate is not acidic enough to remove the odor. If skunk-sprayed Fluffy or Fido rubs against the floor or furniture, don’t be surprised when the house smells like the skunk ambled through on a tour. Untreated (or treated incorrectly) skunk spray lasts 10 to 15 days, but can last longer than 20 days.

Human Waste: Archeologists have followed their noses to ancient septic tanks. We’ll say no more.

Mold (any microbial growth):  If a home, business, or other building has a mold infestation, call us at 507-396-6644. Mold mitigation is not a DIY job; check with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) about that. At SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea, we have nationally recognized certifications in removing biohazards, including microbial growth.

Pet urine: Cats have especially odorous pee; it is usually very concentrated, and once it gets into flooring or walls, it is difficult to remove.

Smoke and soot: If there are stains on the walls or ceiling, or worse, in the air ducts, the odors remain as well.

Many results of trauma or crime: these messes require certified technicians to remove them completely and safely. We have the training and experience, as well as specialized equipment.

Call SERVPRO of Austin & Albert Lea at 507-396-6644.

People don’t have to resign themselves to living with a strong unpleasant odor. We provide cleaning, disinfection, and odor removal.

Home-owners and others will be surprised and pleased to walk inside and not smell anything awful. People may be surprised by how good “nothing” can smell.