Fire Damage Do's And Don'ts

Jul 8, 2016

In the wake of a fire, we are faced with many hard decisions and emotional situations. After fire and smoke damage to your house, your prompt action can minimize further damage. The safe, timely steps listed below can assist you in restoring your home to the conditions before your crisis. Incorrect actions can be costly mistakes. These do’s and don’ts are guidelines for your information and guidance.

  • Blow off or brush – vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet
  • Discard open food packages, food may be contaminated
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified dry cleaner
  • Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching
  • Change air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air
  • Take cheese cloth over intake and outlet air registers to capture any loose soot in the air.
    • Bonus: works better if cheese cloth is damp
  • Call your local ServiceMaster to clean, reconstruct and remove smell

  • Do not attempt to wash and papered or flat pained walls without consulting with a professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound soot residue
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture
  • Do not use electrical appliance that have been close to the fire or water before having home checked
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the fan is wet
  • 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

In an emergency, response is critical to damage mitigation and your satisfaction. We are available 24 hours a day to help you with your loss.

Contact us at ServiceMaster in Mason for more details.
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