Fire & Smoke Damage
Simple Tips to Start Fire Damage Cleanup
Nothing is scarier or more devastating to a homeowner than fire damage. Once you and your family are safe, then your attention turns to repairing the damage and getting your life back.
It would be wise to get a fire damage expert to do an analysis of the fire damage and repair required as quickly as possible so they can remove the fumes and begin restoring the area to its regular self. Most fire damage repair and replacement is covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Before You Start
Before making any cleanup be sure that the fire marshal has already given you a go signal to enter the premises. The firemen should have extinguished all fires as even burning ash can be a reason for new fires. You will want to call your insurance company also in order to have your damage assessed and see how much the coverage will be for the damage incurred on your property. Do not move anything until the insurance people are able to take pictures they need to determine your coverage. If you remove something or misplace anything, it might lower the appraisal value. Check alsod the electrical wiring. You can also hire an electrical contractor to check the wires, outlets and switches to see if they were affected by the fire.
Starting the Cleaning Process
If you are ready to begin the cleanup process from the fire damage, get started by wearing safety products like gloves and masks. Open the windows to let the smell out and let the fresh air in. take out all items that could result to mildew build up. For fire damage, if the damage is really very minimal like the stove top only or the cabinet, use a clean, absorbent mop or cloth to dry out the excess water. If the damage is too much for a cloth use a wet vac to suck all the water effectively. Since the smoke and fire can cause quite powerful odors, disinfect the area.
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Clothing, Drapes and Carpets
Smoke can leave spots on fabric and it could leave nasty odors. They will need to be laundered with a strong detergent. This will help in removing the odors. Anything that has been burned can be thrown away. Remember that a professional fire damage company will help you with each step of this process.
While the place is still wet, take advantage of the moisture and wash the walls with a very mild soap. This is an important step to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew. Once the whole area has been cleaned but still is wet, use an air blower to dry it out fast. If you have a dehumidifier, set up the equipment to the right humidity levels and let it take the extra moisture. This will also prevent the formation of mold and mildew.
Professional water damage and fire damage experts have commercial grade equipment that gets all this done very quickly and thoroughly.
Don’t assume that something that is slightly burned or has a smoke odor cannot be salvaged. We can help you salvage as many of your possessions as possible.