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What To Do Until Help Arrives: House Fire

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

We are equipped with the proper tools to remove various types of soot.

Fire & Smoke Damage

DO's:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can inspect system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of HVAC system.

DON'T's:

  • Attempt to wash and walls or painter surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, computer, radio, tablet, etc.) that may have been close to the fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

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