Being prepared in any emergency situation is crucial and can help you save time and money. When disaster strikes, make sure you contact a reputable company to help you restore, clean up and recover the damage. The tips listed here are intended as a guide and it is recommended that you do not take the following actions unless it is safe to do so.
Fire & Smoke Damage
- Avoid walking on damaged areas or sitting on furniture unless absolutely necessary.
- Check and change your HVAC filter (furnace) and check to make sure that the blower is operating.
- Don’t attempt to wipe down or wash walls, furniture or other potentially absorbent/porous surfaces.
- Do not eat food, fruit, canned goods or other consumables that have been exposed to fire and smoke.
- Ventilate the area by opening windows – if possible.
- Avoid further damage and possible electrocution by no using electronics, appliances or attempting to check your home’s fuse box until everything has been checked over by a professional.
- Check where water is coming from, but make no attempt to stop the flow. Instead, call a plumber immediately, or call us to recommend one in your area.
- To prevent microbial growth, keep the indoor temperature below 70°F.
- If possible, place foil or plastic below furniture legs to prevent rust or furniture stains on your flooring.
- Look at the chart in your home’s fuse box and turn off the electricity to any affected rooms.
- Lift up your curtains and wrap them around the rod to prevent water circles.
- Be careful and mind wet, slippery floors.
- Check your closets and remove any items from the floor that could get wet.
- Collect sensitive and breakable items sitting on furniture to prevent further damage.
- Carefully remove oriental or area rugs from wet areas.
- Avoid electrocution and do not attempt to vacuum, or wet-vac any wet areas.
- To prevent water from spreading to other areas, avoid walking on wet carpet.
Sewage Back flow
- Areas affected by sewage back flow are highly contaminated. Avoid entry.
- Do not clean any of the affected areas.
- For safety and health reason, if you have to handle any contaminated materials, wear rubber gloves.
- If possible, leave the premises until after cleanup and decontamination.
- If possible, locate and stop the source of water coming into the property.
- As soon as possible, call an Industrial Hygienist to have any mold growth evaluated, or call us and we’ll provide you with a recommendation.
- Spores can spread if any mold growth is touched or disturbed. Avoid touching or disturbing any growth at all costs.
- Turn off fans and HVAC systems. Air flow can disturb mold growth and spread unwanted spores to other areas of your home.
- If possible, seal, or close off the affected area until an expert arrives.
- Only an Industrial Hygienist can tell you if a growth is a mold. By law, our technicians are not allowed to do so. While results are being processed, it’s important to keep the affected area closed off.