Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.
Rather than running to the store to buy cleaning products, mops, and buckets yourself, you need to rely on the experts to handle the situation. There are specific steps the professionals will follow to restore your property and contents to their pre-loss condition.
Here are a couple of do’s and don’ts when it comes to fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup.
- Make safety a priority. Even if everything looks safe and clear to you, don’t enter your property after a fire until a professional has told you it’s safe to do so. Not only could your structure be unstable, but fires can start again — even after they appear to be out.
- Take photographic evidence of the fire damage, take notes of conversations or keep email correspondence, and save receipts and documents – this will help when it comes to dealing with your insurance company.
- Call your insurance agent, in order to get the ball rolling on fire damage assessment.
- Call your local restoration company, to help with fire damage cleanup and repair.
- Limit movement inside the building, this will stop soot particles from spreading.
- Change furnace filters.
- Cover your dry furnishings and upholstery with sheets.
- If the weather allows, open windows and doors for ventilation.
- Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner.
- Throw away all food and drink left after the fire.
- Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe.
- Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Everything needs to be assessed by your insurer first.
- Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned.
- Use food items or canned goods that were exposed to heat or fire.
- Turn on the water, electric, or gas until professionally checked.
- Turn on, clean, or use electronic equipment until professionally checked.
The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly.
3 Ways to Avoid Fire Damage on Your Property
There are few simple precautions for avoiding fires:
1. Smoke Alarms
If you don’t already have a smoke detector or alarm, it’s time to get one installed. They are your best defense when it comes to minimizing fire damage. If you already have one, ensure you are checking it regularly. Test the batteries once a month and replace the system every 10 years. Make sure you also have enough detectors and on every level, if you have more than one storey in your home or business.
2. Fire Extinguishers
Choose a type of fire extinguisher that will suit your needs – for home or businesses. And make sure they are easily accessible, light enough to maneuver, and family members or employees are trained to use them.
3. Kitchen Incidents
Cooking equipment is often the cause of home fires and injuries. It’s essential to be mindful while cooking in the kitchen, not only with how you cook but also of leaving cooking surfaces unattended and appliances left on.
How We Can Help
Smoke and fire damage is best dealt with by professionals; they understand the complicated chemical interactions involved with soot and fire. The best thing to do is get in touch with Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT as soon as possible. We will assess your property and come up with a fire damage cleanup plan.
In addition, we can secure your property for safety and prevent further damage. We will ventilate the area and remove damaged and unsalvageable items. Once this is done, we will move on to the cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing of your property and belongings. And, depending on the severity of the situation, we will then work towards reconstructing your property and bringing it back to its pre-loss state.
The key to recovering after any disaster is a quick response. When you call our 24-hour call center at (877) 899-0676, you can rest assured our team will mobilize quickly.