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.