What to Do After a Fire

Fires are among the biggest disasters in the US. However, while some fires are an entire loss, not all they are. From time to time, fires are somewhat smaller in scale, resulting in partial structural damage. In these scenarios, the contents of the house can usually be salvaged. But even then, there’s usually significant smoke/soot harm to the contents of the home. When dealing with home fire damage, always hire a professional restoration firm, for example, PuroClean, that knows how to clean smoke damage from home contents. Here’s how we do it. 

The best way to wash smoke harm from contents:

1. Safety comes first

The first concern in each fire damage cleanup situation is safety. Restoration professionals will take steps to make sure all workers and others entering a construction after a fire are secure. The construction must be secure before the test and restoration.

Additionally, keep in mind that, after a fire, indoor air comprises floating smoke and soot particles. Smoke/soot particles are Products of Incomplete Combustion (PIC). These are carcinogens and are dangerous. When cleaning up smoke/soot, it is important to put on a respirator, such as an N-95 or N-100. Using gloves and other protective clothing will also shield against soot exposure. Ventilation is key to allowing contaminants in the air outside.

2. Evaluating the damaged items

The next step is to determine which items should be washed and where, as well as which items to discard. Cost and classic worth are key consideration factors. Professionals assess the affected things as promptly as possible, as soot can produce additional damage in a matter of hours or days, depending upon the material.

Oftentimes, things that have not been damaged right by the fire or by excessive heat should not be discarded. Luckily, we understand how to wash smoke harm from salvageable items.

Most textile products like draperies and bedding will be obtained from some laundry or dry-cleaning facility. Other restorable items, such as furniture, might be cleaned within the house or delivered to an outside site.

Food items have to be treated with caution. Any open things should be thrown away. Unopened items in original packaging that was away in the heat can be considered secure. If there is a doubt, throw away the items.

Remember that melted or stained plastic items can’t be restored, only washed.

3. Creating an inventory

If a”pack out” (taking contents to a cleaning center ) is needed, our technicians will keep careful records for items taken, location of these items, and state of the things when eliminated. In other cases, we might determine that conditions allow for cleaning and storing the contents within the house, or maybe the garage. An inventory of all discarded items is vital to receiving reimbursement when submitting an insurance claim.

4. Cleaning the influenced contents

Our restoration experts will perform testing to determine the appropriate goods and blend ratio to use on each item. Now’s restoration professionals will utilize environmentally friendly products for many cleaning and restoration procedures. This is a significant consideration when picking a restoration company.

Then, they begin to gently eliminate soot from every restorable item — either in the home or at another place. The cleaning method is dependent upon the product, for example, kitchen utensils, dishes, toys, clothing, bedding, draperies, and more.

5. Removing the odor

Odor problems arrive with smoke/soot damage. Following the cleaning procedure, most of the smoke odor will be eliminated. However, if there’s still a little odor, then we may add a step to the restoration process. This may incorporate ozone or hydroxyl deodorizing, as suitable. Find out more about smoke odor removal.

For fire damage restoration Annandale, contact the PuroClean restoration pros!

When the contents of your home are damaged by smoke/soot, mitigating the flame damage, cleaning, and restoring the contents into their pre-loss condition is a job for restoration professionals. PuroClean technicians know how to clean smoke damage from materials ethically and professionally. When you call us, we will mitigate the loss and restore your property using innovative equipment and techniques. Visit this website to learn more about PuroClean.