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Fire Damage Do’s and Don’ts

Things To Do and Not Do When Dealing With Fire Damage Clean Up

Perhaps one of the most devastating experience one can have in his/her lifetime is having his/her home damaged by the fire together with their possessions. Still, you will have to relieve the sense of loss as you begin the fire and water damage restoration process going through the burned items to see if you can save anything. However, you must be very careful in doing so because going inside any structure after fire can be extremely dangerous. Places that might look to be untouched by the fire might need a little touch to disintegrate or collapse entirely. You will have to ask a professional to look over the place and declare it completely safe to enter before you do so.

Kitchen Fire Damage

Document Your Loss

If your house is insured and has coverage so you can claim almost the entire value of what you have lost, you have to make sure that you do all that is necessary to document your claim so there will be no failure of insurance. There are things you should do and things you should avoid doing concerning damage caused by smoke and fire.
After a fire, it is just normal for the homeowner to want to find out as soon as possible what is left of their properties. However, this is foolhardy, and one should keep in mind these guidelines before entering the premises:

What to Do:

• Constrain movement so as not to spread the ashes and soot which could further soil and damage carpets and upholstery
• Avoid touching the furniture, walls and any other surface with dirty hands
• Cover the rugs carpet and furniture with towels or old blankets
• Since for sure electricity will be off, all frozen food items should be removed from your refrigerators and freezers and keep the
doors open to keep it ventilated.
• Furniture and fixtures with chrome can be cleaned with oil or Vaseline
• You will have to clean your air conditioning and heating system as well as replace the filters.

Attempting to clean the painted walls and surfaces or shampooing carpets, rugs, and upholstery on your own is not advisable. You should let a professional fire and water damage restoration company do the job. If you insist on doing it on your own, chances are, you will not achieve the desired result.

What Not To Do

• Electrical appliances exposed to extreme heat or water should be checked out by a professional electrician to avoid accidents, such as electrocution.
• Canned food or any packaged food exposed to the fire should no longer be eaten as they might already be contaminated with toxic substances.
• Electrical fixtures such as ceiling fan should not be turned on at once because the ceiling might still be wet and affect electrical wirings.
• Soiled clothes that are still salvageable should not be run through an ordinary wash & dry but should be sent to a professional dry cleaner to deal with the smoke odor and stains properly.

Fire damage cleanup is more complicated than you think and following the above rules can make restoration and remediation a lot easier and efficient. Following these guidelines will increase the possibility of a safe and productive restoration process.

Call Austin’s Most Trusted

Water Damage Response Team

When you experience a water damage incident, you need the most qualified & professional water damage restoration company to restore your property to pre-loss conditions. At Atex Water Damage Restoration, our specialty is water damage restoration. Our experienced technicians are trained in the science of drying. ATEX has the required monitoring instruments that can detect the presence of moisture even behind walls and under floors. Our testing by these sensitive instruments can ensure that your home is thoroughly dried out and safe from the potential build-up of mold, mildew, and other microorganisms.

The Right Equipment

After removing any standing water and
steam cleaning carpet affected the water damage restoration team will have individual air movers that direct large volumes of air along the floors, walls, and carpets to speed up the drying time. They will also have commercial dehumidifiers that may be needed when conditions in the home are humid and drying the air becomes especially crucial.

Quick Response to Emergency Calls

We respond quickly in the event of water damage. Our emergency crews are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our services include extraction of dirt and water, sanitization, carpet odor and mildew treatment as well.

Experienced Professional Restoration Team

ATEX Water Damage Restoration is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly providing residents and businesses with high quality industrial cleaning services at affordable prices since 1995. We offer complete cleaning services for HVAC systems and a wide variety of flooring types, including, carpet and tile cleaning and emergency services such as water damage, fire, and smoke restoration. ATEX is dedicated to quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and ethical business practices. Our firm has grown immensely since our small beginnings. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff, our business in the Austin area has increased twofold in the past two years, and we have expanded to include a branch in Leander.

Cleaning Oriental Rugs

Oriental area rugs are be made by hand or by machine. First and foremost, it is necessary to identify the fiber used to make the rug to prevent damage in the cleaning process. Our technicians will give your rugs the care they deserve. Oriental rugs are generally made with natural fibers and dyes, this requires them to be treated with special care using cleaning agents with the correct PH balance to prevent browning, color fading, discolorations, etc. We also adjust cleaning temperatures and pressures to meet the special requirements of each type of rug. After cleaning, all rugs are dried with proper dehumidification and air movement. Fringes are then cleaned and treated and in some cases bleached to ensure maximum beauty and brightness.