Fire and Soot Emergency Tips
After fire damage, it is natural to want to jump right in and clean the building and contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect action can jeopardize or impede satisfactory restoration.
Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets and other bright work by washing with detergent and applying a coating of vaseline or oil. Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
Fire Damage Tips
• Open windows for ventilation if weather permits.
• Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off, and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow air circulation.
• Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, tanks, sink and tub drains to prevent freeze damage if heat is off in winter.
• Call a plumber to drain and blow out all water lines if heat is off in winter.
• Remove pets to a clean environment if heavy fire residues are present.
• Send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results.
• Retain a contractor to board up open windows, roofs, or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage.
• Wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent
• Use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
• food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
• Turn on computers, TV’s, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been
cleaned and checked.
Soot Damage Tips – Furnace Puff Backs
While soot may resemble smoke residues from a fire, the restoration of soot damage often requires different techniques. Incorrect action can make restoration more difficult and delay the return to normalcy.
• Change, then save the old furnace filter.
• Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, draperies, and carpets.
• Cover upholstery with clean sheets before use.
• Attempt to wash walls, ceilings or contents without professional assistance.