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7 Expert Tips If You Had A Fire In Your Home
First of all, cleaning up after a home or office fire can be a complex and daunting task. Most of the time, it is not usually something that can be done without expert help. The fire clean up requires that a quick and accurate assessment of damage be prioritized. The process of restoration should begin before permanent damage or discoloration occurs. Smoke and hazardous soot residue need to be taken care of immediately.
Because flames and smoke rise, the damage to walls and the ceiling can be significant. You may need to treat your walls and ceiling with specialized cleaning products to keep them from further deterioration.
It is very difficult for a non-professional alone to be able to assess the full scale of damage. Also we recommend you hire a public adjuster to help you with your claim.
If you do decide to go ahead and do some cleaning and repair after a fire, there are several steps you can follow before calling for additional help.
1. Use Safety Equipment
Always wear a safety mask, eye goggles and heavy-duty gloves to protect yourself from debris and from inhaling toxic fumes and soot. If you remove items from the burn site, you will need to protect yourself from coming into contact with burnt residue.
It is especially dangerous to inhale soot because of it’s cancer causing properties. Keep away your kids, and especially babies, from the burn site. They are more vulnerable to having respiratory problems.
2. Get Some Air
If you can ventilate the room, then do so. Open windows throughout the area to get as much fresh air flowing into the rooms as possible. The fresh air will minimize the effects of volatile vapors trapped in the burn site.
You will also want to seal off the area that was burned including intake vents from other rooms if possible, to prevent odors from traveling into other areas of the home or office.
Although getting fresh air into the burn site is a great start, to completely get rid of odors you will most likely need to use an air purifier or air scrubber as a next course of action.
3. Vacuum the Area
Use a vacuum with a high efficiency filter on drapes, and surfaces with visible dust and soot. It’s very important to make sure your vacuum is trapping the particles in the filter so that you are not risking blowing harmful debris back into the air.
Also you can also wash any fabric items in your home. If you chose to wash them, use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot.
4. Clean Top to Bottom
If you are going to be cleaning the area, then remove as many items as you can before beginning, including drapery and rugs if they are present. Then start at the ceilings and work top to bottom so that the soot falls downward. Always wear a respirator mask and goggles while doing this task.
There are special cleaning products, especially tri-sodium phosphate cleaners that you can use to combat the soot build up before it hardens on surfaces.
5. Consider Electrical Issues
You will need to unplug any appliances that may have been involved in the fire. Also, make sure you get your appliances inspected before you use them again. In addition, you will need to assess whether the electrical system in your home or office has been compromised due to the fire. In reality, you may need to get an inspection by a qualified electrician just to make sure everything is in order.
6. Prevent Water Damage
Most people don’t think about water damage after a fire, but since it is water that is used to put out the fire, you need to make sure that moisture is not collecting and lingering in walls, carpets, furniture and other items. Water damage can bring another host of problems including mold growth which can begin growing in as little as 48 hours, so it’s important to make sure the areas that were exposed to water are getting proper air flow.
7. Call for Professional Help
Finally, even after you’ve followed the above suggestions, you may not have done everything. You need to be very careful to protect you and your family’s health from the toxic buildup of a fire.
It’s wise to get a second opinion to make sure that you won’t be unknowingly exposing yourself and your family to potentially deadly hazardous waste.
If you need help, the experts at Total Restoration Care are here to provide an expert opinion on your fire damage restoration in Miami. We are the total restoration professionals you can count on to get your home or office back in good shape.
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