Everything you should know about fire damage and restoration
Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in fire damage cleanup and fire restoration, smoke damage cleanup, and removal of smoke odors. Our team will deep-clean and remove soot from walls, carpets, and upholstery.
We Can Help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage
Beyond the fire damage, smoke and soot can be toxic, creating a hazardous situation. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up fire damage and remove the smell of smoke. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property.
After a Fire – Use Caution
While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key:
- Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
- Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
- Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
- If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and help remove smoke smell.
What You Should Do After a Fire:
Limit movement in the home to help prevent cross-contamination and further smoke damage from soot particles being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
Cover Traffic Areas
Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
Empty Fridge & Freezer
If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop open the doors.
Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
Change your HVAC filter.
What You Should Not Do After a Fire:
Don’t Wash Walls or Carpet
Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO as using the inappropriate product or method could lead to additional or irreversible damage.
Don’t Clean Electrical Appliances
Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances, including computers or digital devices that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
Don’t Eat Soiled Food
Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
Don’t Turn On The Lights
Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
Don’t Clean Your Clothes
Don’t send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Don’t Touch Soot Covered Items
Don’t touch soot-covered items with bare hands. Oils from your skin can cause the soot to permanently stain surfaces.