- Skunk odors can be very offensive and nauseating
- Skunk odors might have gotten into the house because the dog got out, and got sprayed
- If a skunk sprayed in the crawlspace because a nest is located nearby, you might have to replace it entirely
- With the help of today’s technology, skunk odors can be completely eliminated
- Homeowners insurance might cover the cost of deodorization
If skunk smell fills your home because your dog or any part of the house got sprayed, you need to know how to get rid of it right away.
Skunk smell can be very offensive and there is no denying it once you get a whiff. The scent can be described as nauseating, and sulfuric, making you want to cover your nose and try your best to get some air. This can be very problematic especially when the scent is spread inside the house. To help you deal with the problem, here’s what you need to know:
Where did the smell come from?
Basically, skunk odors get in the home because of the following:
- The dog got out of the house and got sprayed by a skunk. And now that the dog is back, he or she is spreading the smell all over the house especially on the upholstery and carpet.
- A skunk sprayed near your home and the HVAC let the smell in, or the smell went through the windows, doors, and cracks in your home.
- A skunk sprayed in the crawlspace of your house because a nest is located nearby.
Here’s what you need to remember when getting rid of the odor
The first thing that you need to do before you remove the smell is to make sure that you get rid of the skunk. We do not recommend that you do this on your own. You need to call the professionals for this task.
The next thing that you need to do is to pinpoint the items or surfaces that have been sprayed on. The spray oils can come into contact with a lot of furniture and they will all have to be individually cleaned. If the odor is in the crawlspace on the other hand, you might have to replace it entirely.
Today, there are many manufacturers that make use of proven technology when it comes to odor removal. There are many products that will not just mask the odor, but eliminate it at the source. In the past, removing skunk smells was time consuming and it would have to take days before the odor was completely eliminated. But with the help of new technology, technicians can remove skunk odors within a day.
How can I pay for the odor removal?
In some cases, homeowners insurance could actually be used for skunk smell deodorization. Just call your local remediation or Restoration Company first for more information before you get in touch with your insurance agent.
There are instances when the company can help you file a claim so you can completely or partially have the costs covered.
You might have to stay away from home
While the professionals come in to deal with the odor, you will most likely have to take yourself and your family away from your home for a few days. This will help the deodorization process go smoothly. If you filed an insurance claim, the insurance company might be able to pay for your hotel and food expenses while you are out of the house.
You should also make sure that the restoration company ventilates your house so you and your family can have a clean and safe environment upon your return.