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Emergency Fire Damage Tips

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

In the event you have a Fire in your home, these Emergency Fire  Damage Tips will help you in taking the proper steps until we can arrive onsite to assist you.  Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Do: 

  • Limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a well trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or our of the HVAC system

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
  • 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 
  • Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
  • Send Garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

When Fire and Water Damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will help you take it back.  Contact 518-885-2620

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