Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire
Getting Soot and Smoke Out
You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you
take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your
efforts or creating further damage. Contact your insurance agency
immediately once the fire is out. He or she can provide advice on
restoration or replacement of damaged items. If you rent, notify the
owner so both of you can assess the damage.
Your insurance agent may be able to recommend a professional
fire restorer like us. We can provide hints to prevent further
damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished,
and provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and
deodorizing your home. Their services can be expensive, but the
cost may be substantially less than the cost of replacing damaged
furnishings and floors. You can find the names of fire restorers in
the yellow pages of the phone directory under “Carpet and
Upholstery Cleaners” or “Fire and Water Damage Restoration.”
Preventing Further Damage
Even if you don't hire a professional fire restorer, you can
minimize further damage by following these guidelines. Be sure
you have permission from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your
home before doing so.
Get the air moving. Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan
to circulate air. Note: if there has been substantial water damage
and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the
windows shut and run a dehumidifier. In cold weather, your
heating system is operating and the cold air will usually help
remove the moisture. In this case, change your furnace filter daily
until it shows no soot.
Dry wet items as soon as possible. Use fans and dehumidifiers to
dry carpets and draperies. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and
floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold
Remove brass and copper items and clean them using brass or
copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours).
Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs.
Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall
Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.
Seems like too much work?
Other than cleaning the entire house also comes the cleaning and smoke smell off your heating and air conditioning system.
That is a job for a professional! It can take as long as a day and half to do the entire homes system.
Air ducts have to be cleaned from dust, debris through out all the air ducts, registers, returns as well as the Main unit it self.
Coils, blower, drip pan and other components have to be cleaned from dust and sprayed with a cleaning solution to remove all smoke and any odors.
Air ducts sheet metal ducts work are a bit easier to get to and have blushes and solution sprayers to get to. Normally found in older homes. But when it
comes to flexible air ducts! Well, that's a job and a half. But we can do it! We have state of the art equipment and certified technicians that are solely trained
to do just that! We have inspection cameras that we can run through your entire air duct system for you to see what's lurking inside those air ducts.
What ever is in there, we breath it all in. Even if you never had a fire, You should always clean them before you fire them up to heat your home in the winter
and or to cool your home in the summer.
Did you just buy a home? Did a smoker live there? If you only knew how ther entire system and home can retain that smokers smells and residue.
Call us for a free no obligation estimate. We are confident we can solve any problem and help you and your family breath in a healthier environment.
Call us Toll Free at 844 - 200 PRO'S (7767)
If a smoker lived in your home and you sprayed the walls with Windex alone, This dripping is what you would have!
This would be your rag!
The same gunk would be in your entire air duct system! Including
the blower, drip pan, coils and anywhere the air passes through!
But we can help!