What To Do If You Have A Fire Damage
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 5:29PM

What To Do If You Have A Fire Damage

The Do’s and Don’ts if you have a fire damage at your home or business:

    •    Call for professional help as soon as possible. Corrosive byproducts can cause irreversible etching.
    •    If the temperature is above 60 degrees, open windows to ventilate the home.
    •    If you have to turn off your water, take steps to prevent your plumbing and/or heating supply pipes from freezing.
    •    If the electricity is off, remove perishable foods from your refrigerator and freezer. The odor created by spoiled food is usually impossible to remove. Leave the doors propped open.
    •    Discard any open food packages.
    •    Keep a listing of anything you have discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property. Most likely, your insurance claim representative will ask for these items.
    •    Vacuum loose dry soot smoke particles from carpets. Make sure the vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter to prevent redistribution of fine soot. Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible.
    •    Close doors on affected areas to localize smoke odors as much as possible.
    •    Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape damp cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape to capture loose soot in the air.
    •    Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.

    •    Don’t touch anything with your bare hands. Oils from your hands can cause additional damage.
    •    Don’t use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until they have been checked by a technician.
    •    Don’t use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
    •    Don’t attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
    •    Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
    •    Don’t consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods that have been subjected to excessive heat.
    •    Don’t use upholstered furniture if possible.

DO contact a Certified Restoration Team Member today to restore your Fire Damaged Property!

Article originally appeared on Certified Restoration Team (http://certifiedrestorationteam.com/).
See website for complete article licensing information.