Fire Damage Dos and Don'ts
Let these Dos and Don'ts guide you to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration in the event of a fire.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trip, and appliances.
- If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Paulding/Polk Counties.
- Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Paulding/Polk Counties.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. They may be contaminated.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures in ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damage and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
When fire and water damage take control of your life, let SERVPRO of Paulding/Polk Counties help you take it back.
*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 28, Iss 2.