Home and Business Fire
Seeing your home and business consumed by fire can be one of the most severe losses that a home and business owner can experience. After such a devastating loss, reassurance comes from having clear guidance and support in salvaging as much as possible from fire and smoke damage. At ServiceMaster Restore®, our technicians are more than talented professionals; they're caring people ready to get you back in your home as quickly as possible, while keeping you informed every step of the way.
What Are the Common Types of Fires that can Occur?
Food from the oven or stove has burned, leaving strong burnt food odors and smoke residue on contents and surfaces.
Multiple natural and synthetic items inside your home have burned causing black smoke residue on contents and surfaces and synthetic smoke odors. Here, emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces.
Trees, shrubs and bushes have burned and smoke has penetrated the structure from outside, so smoke residue and odor are present.
Heating appliances such as oil-fired furnaces have malfunctioned and caused smoke to be distributed throughout the property.
Fire Damage goes Beyond Burning Items
- Ash and smoke can continue to cause damage and corrosion to materials if they are left behind.
- Odors from smoke will stay in a room or a home long after the fire and continue to cause problems if they are not removed.
- In a few minutes, walls and other surfaces can be discolored.
- In a few hours, finishes on kitchen appliances turn yellow.
- Smoke causes etching in glass after just a short time, and smoke will tarnish metal quickly.
Do Not Try to Do It Yourself!
The residue left behind after a fire is a biohazard and can cause health
problems if it is not taken care of correctly and thoroughly. You do not
want to attempt to clean up your home on your own after a fire or you
may cause more damage. Only experts with the right training and tools
can assure the job is done properly.
Did you know that smoke continues to destroy your home and its contents even after the fire is out?
Smoke that has coated or penetrated surfaces continues to affect the chemical composition of fabrics, metals, walls, ceilings and even tiles. Count on us to handle every aspect of the smoke and soot removal as well as restore areas damaged by fire.
What To Do if You're in the Middle of a Loss
Call For Professional Help
Corrosive by-products can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours.
If the temperature is about 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
Clean laminate surfaces as well as chrome, porcelain, and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
Change Air Filter
Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
Tape the Cheesecloth
Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.
Discard Open Food Packages
Clean the Fridge
If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
Hire a Dry Cleaner
Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.
What NOT To Do:
Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing additional damage.
Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
Don't Clean Furniture
Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
Don't Use Electrical Appliances
Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
Don't Use the Fan
Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.