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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What NOT to do after a fire!

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

A fire has recently ransacked your home (or business), leaving you to deal with the aftermath and the cleanup. During this process, you may wish to go through the wreckage and seek for some of your personal items. However, you may be putting yourself at risk of post-fire related illnesses due to the loads of soot and smoke that has affected the area you are trying to maneuver through.

This is why it is always important to follow your local fire department’s instructions during/after the fire, and to call your local SERVPRO so that we can pick up where they left off!

In the meantime, though, here is a list of things you SHOULD NOT do without consulting your local SERVPRO before completing these tasks:

  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not attempt to shampoo any carpet or upholstered furniture
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliance that may have been close to the fire, heat or water
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if they are wet (due to eternal wiring being possibly damaged)
  • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner because some cleaning methods they use can set in the smoke odor.

Ask about your local SERVPRO’s garment cleaning services, as we are capable of taking out tough odors with our specialty washing machines!

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