Fire Damage Emergency Tips

Fire damage restoration is difficult, because firefighting can contribute to water damage. RESTORx takes care to insure contents are restored properly to prevent mold growth. If not charred, many items can be restored. Even a light coating of soot could be permanently embedded in items if professional restoration techniques are not used. RESTORx technicians are extensively trained to handle all types of disasters. It is natural to want to clean a building and its contents after a fire. Immediate action can be a great help, but incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize a satisfactory restoration.

EMERGENCY TIPS

DO

  • Air out the house to reduce smoke odor. (If the outside temp is above 60 degrees.)
  • Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean- soot on your hands can damage upholstery, drapes, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rug and carpet traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
  • If the electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Wash off house plants on both sides of the leaves. (Water softener helps) 
  • Change the air filter on your furnace if blower is operating.
  • Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environments.

DON'T

  • DO NOT attempt to wash papered or flat painted walls without consulting a professional.
  • DO NOT use any canned or packaged good/beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.
  • DO NOT use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.
  • DO NOT turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Incorrect procedure could increase damage.
  • DO NOT use electrical appliances that have been close to a fire or water damaged area until they have been  Professionally checked and cleaned, as they can malfunction.
  • DO NOT send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
  • DO NOT use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided. (cover with sheets before use)
  • DO NOT touch anything. Soot on your hands could permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork causing more damage.