Fire Damage Restoration
We know that fires are devastating and valuables and memories are often the most missed items. The experts at ServiceMaster Restore® work with you to stabilize your home.
After a fire has been extinguished, damage to your home and belongings continues. Many types of furniture and flooring materials are synthetic; when burned, they generate complex chemical reactions. After only a few days, those items go from cleanable to unsalvageable.
ServiceMaster Restore® restoration technicians are experts at understanding the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and save your belongings, thus helping mitigate additional expenses. We can even remove soot from at-risk items, such as:
- Brass, aluminum, and chrome
- Marble, tile, and porcelain
- Carpets and upholstery
The Fire Damage Restoration Process
- Emergency Pre-Cleaning
- Content Cleaning
- Content Packout
- Wall and Ceiling Cleaning
Fire Damage Restoration Tips
To keep the damage to a minimum, follow these steps:
What to do if Your Home Has Fire Damage
- Corrosive byproducts can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours. Call for professional help.
- If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
- Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
- Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
- Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.
- Discard any open food packages.
- If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
- Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.
Things to Avoid After a Fire
- Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing additional damage.
- Do not wash the walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
- Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
- Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
- Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
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