Even when the fire is out, the fire damage continues. In a matter of days, items in your home or business can go from cleanable to unsalvageable. Prompt service of fire damage and smoke damage is necessary to help mitigate additional damage caused to your home after the fire is out.
Materials found in furniture and flooring is synthetic and when burned, create a variety of complex chemical reactions. ServiceMaster Restore professionals utilize chemical combinations that effectively clean and salvage belongings damaged by fire and smoke. Utilizing the latest equipment and supplies, our professionals go right to work conducting fire damage restoration, removing soot from at-risk items. Items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, and porcelain, as well as fabrics, upholstery and carpets are given immediate attention to help avoid additional expenses.
We provide 24/7 Emergency Fire Damage Repair and Fire Damage Restoration:
- Emergency pre-cleaning
- Content cleaning
- Content pack-out
- Wall and ceiling cleaning
View our fire damage blog for tips, tricks and advice on fire damage repair.
What NOT to do after a fire:
- Do not wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting your professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem.
- Do not clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again, incorrect cleaning procedures could increase damage.
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
- Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.
- Do not touch anything. Soot on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing further damage.
- Do not eat food that has been exposed to fire or smoke.
- Do not wait to call for professional help.
What you CAN do after a fire:
- Blow off or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
- Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
- Discard open food packages, the food could be contaminated.
- If electrical service is off, clean out your freezer and refrigerator. Leave the doors propped open or place charcoal in the unit.
- Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified professional dry cleaner who specializes in smoke damage.
- Clean Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing.
- Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
- Wipe the leaves of houseplants to remove smoke residue.
- Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
- Tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air registers to capture any loose soot in the air. This is even more effective if the cheesecloth is damp.
- If the outside temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.