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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

The Dos and Don'ts of House Fire Cleanup

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a Showboat, NV home

Cleaning up Fire and Smoke Damage

Once the flames of a house fire die down, many people want to clean up quickly and get back to life as it was before. They may spend a weekend doing what they can and then spread the rest of the fire cleanup over several weeks. However, as soot and ash are left untreated, they cause a lot of further harm to your home. Additionally, cleaning up fire and smoke damage on your own comes with several risk factors, such as

  • Mounting costs
  • More damage
  • Incomplete results
  • Inhalation of dangerous chemicals and particulates

In many cases, homeowners find that the costs and time commitment of cleaning up after fires are greater than if they had hired Showboat, NV, professionals.

Stay Safe After a House Fire

There are some dos and don'ts that should guide your steps as you respond to fire and soot damage. Read through the following tips from fire damage cleanup professionals before you make any attempts to address smoke cleaning tasks or fire cleanup.

Do limit traffic through your home: The more that people move around in your home, the more that soot particles will spread and become embedded in fabrics and porous surfaces. Movement also stirs up dangerous particulates in ash.

Do discard food, especially near the source of heat: Smoke penetrates just about all packaging, so you can't assume anything is safe. In addition to smoke damage, heat activates bacteria in food, causing the food to spoil and taste bad.

Don't touch anything: Avoid touching appliances because of the risk of electrocution, and until an insurance adjustor estimates the fire damage, you should avoid cleaning, touching, or moving anything. The destruction caused by fire isn't always visible or obvious.

Don't postpone repairs: Immediately contact professionals with the training, equipment, and experience to safely clean and repair your home. The longer you wait, the more damage you risk.
After a home fire, check with your insurance company about hiring experts to handle the fire, soot, and smoke damage. Full-service restoration technicians can get you back into your home safely and quickly.

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