How to Clean Up After a Fire in Your Home

FIRE! When you hear these words a feeling of panic comes quickly over you. Of course, the Fire Department will put the fire out, but then what exactly do you do? The first thing that needs to be done would be to get the device boarded up and utilities procured. A restoration company may conduct this service and will send workers out to look after this issue.  Reputable restoration companies are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

When your home has sustained damage from fire and smoke, any restoration work must be performed quickly and economically. Professional restoration companies work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that the procedure of getting your house back in order is completed completely and to your satisfaction

  • Appliances/Electronics: Do not utilize any TV, stereo, or digital equipment until it’s been checked and cleaned. Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use a “do-it-yourself” home cleaner.
  • Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or try to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Doors: Close doors in affected areas to localize smoke smells as much as you can.
  • Food Items: For safety reasons, do not eat food items exposed to smoke or canned goods which have been subjected to excessive heat. Use masking tape to secure double sets of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • Furniture: When possible, avoid using upholstered furniture.
  • Pets: Move all pets into a clean environment.
  • Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and warm water, cleaning both sides of the leaves (water softener helps).
  • Windows: If you can, open windows to ventilate.

Smoke Residue Contamination

  • Within Minutes: Plastic and paper things discolor.
  • Within Hours: Grout stains; appliances, furniture, and countertops begin to yellowish; metals start corroding.
  • Inside Days: Background and paint discolor eternally; carpeting, upholstery, and drapery fibers become permanently stained; vinyl and wood floors discolor; glass, china, and crystal or pit.
  • Detection Water Damage: The best way to put out a fire would be to use water. Now you’ve got a new problem – furniture warps, cracks, splits, and stains carpeting; metal components (nails, screws, corner bead) begin to rust; dyes move from clothes, shoes, and carpets; electronic equipment corrode, malfunction; plywood delaminates, particleboard buckles; mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours.

Reputable restoration businesses offer full service to add removing furnishings and belongings and storing them until the job is finish.

For any insured loss there are three types of adjusters. A “Business Adjuster” works directly for the insurance carrier. The third kind of adjuster is the “Public Adjuster”. Commonly a public adjuster will speak to a homeowner immediately after any reduction and contract together to act on their behalf. Their selling point is they signify the homeowner to make the most of the dollar amount of their loss. Unfortunately, because this provides a third person to the combination it is not only going to slow down the repairs but their fee is a significant percentage of the loss. This could leave a severe shortfall in the capital necessary to finish the job.

For fire damage recovery, contact the PuroClean professional restoration services!

When the contents of a home are ruined from smoke/soot, mitigating the fire damage, cleaning, and restoring the materials to their pre-loss state is a job for restoration professionals. PuroClean technicians understand how to clean smoke harm from contents professionally and professionally. When you telephone us, we will mitigate the loss and restore your house utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.

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