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The Science Behind Odors and Deodorization

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Odors emanate from a variety of sources.  There is the off-gassing of incomplete combustion, decomposing organic matter, building materials, water intrusion, etc.  An individual must understand how to perceive odors to rectify them as well as become a private investigator/detective.  Psychological odor is what people think they smell based on suggestions, past impressions, or experiences, but do not actually exist.  However, while one person might not smell an odor, that doesn't mean it does not exist.  Women have more keen sense of smell than men and as we age, we lose our sense of smell.  Real and psychological odors are equally important and must be attacked in satisfying the deodorizing job.  When deodorizing, a wise technician always considers the effect of both real and psychological odors and provides services to eliminate both.  We have an assortment of chemicals and equipment that makes our task in resolving these odors much easier. However, not all odors can be terminated if their source is not found.  A technician must ask the right questions, similar to a private investigator or detective, to identify the source of the odor. When doing so, the technician will need to clear their mind of any preconceived assumptions such as automatically assuming the source is urine if there are animals in the home.

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