Do's and Dont's
When you come home to an unfortunate fire damage it is important to do things to prevent further damage, and don't do things that might cause more damage.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces witha light coating of lubricant.
- If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contracting your SERVPRO franchise professional
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV, radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Send garments to the dry cleaner, Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.