Proper Steps for Fire Cleanup
What a helpless feeling – fire engulfed a portion of your home or business, and now you’re faced with fire cleanup work on top of trying to get your life back to normal. ServiceMaster Restore® knows what you experience during times like this, and we’re offering a few hints and tips to make things easier.
First, understand the importance of fire cleanup and the prevention of further fire and smoke damage. Once the fire has been safely extinguished, and the fire department indicates you can return to the building, make sure to avoid any structurally-damaged areas. Leave those areas to a professional fire cleanup team who understands the hazards and how to move through an area that may not be stable.
Fire damage restoration of your property and possessions is best left to the professionals, but there are a few things you can do until they arrive.
If the fire was localized to a small area, airing out the building is helpful, if the outside temperatures aren’t too cold. Do not use your heating or air conditioning system, or your appliances, unless they’ve been inspected and are safe to use. If the building has been boarded up in areas after the fire, leave them secure until proper repairs are made.
Movement through the fire area may stir up more soot and debris, so wait until professional restoration experts can safely clean these areas. Otherwise, soot and smoke particles can settle on porous materials and cause further damage.
Wait to Clean After a Fire
Your possessions may have meant a lot to you – photos of the kids and grandkids, a favorite rocking chair you inherited, electronics and appliances, and other items you used on a daily basis. But, don’t rush in and grab them, thinking you can just wipe them off and they’ll be fine. The oil from your hands can cause damage, and using the wrong cleaning method on items could potentially ruin them from ever being restored. Not all items can be cleaned the same. A fire damage specialist knows what to use on each of your items, so rely on their expertise to save as many of your possessions as possible.
You may be tempted to start wiping down walls, ceilings, and vacuuming curtains and upholstered furniture. A qualified disaster specialist knows the right treatments and methods to use in order to eliminate soot, smoke particles and odors.
Emergency fire pre-cleaning is actually only one stage of a fire and smoke restoration process. You may also need assistance with content cleaning, content pack out, wall and ceiling cleaning, and deodorization.
ServiceMaster Restoration by All-Action has helped thousands of homeowners and businesses recover after a fire. It begins when the flames end, with proper fire cleanup as the first step, followed by fire and smoke damage restoration.
~ Fire and Smoke Cleanup Satisfaction ~
They responded quickly and cleaned the area efficiently.
~ John S., East Liverpool, OH