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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What to Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can be extremely dangerous. It leaves soot, smoke damage, and a slew of other issues in its wake. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors can all be affected by fire damage, requiring professional cleaning. The following pointers can assist in minimizing damage and increasing the likelihood of a successful restoration:

  • To avoid soot particles being trapped in upholstery and carpet, limit movement in the house.
  • Keep your hands clean at all times. Soot on the hands will soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork even more. Place old linens or dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If the power is out, fully empty the freezer/refrigerator and prop the doors open to help avoid odors.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then apply a thin coat of lubricant to these surfaces.
  • Pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, storage tanks, and tubs if the heat is switched off during the winter to prevent pipes and fixtures from freezing.
  • To prevent soot particles from entering or exiting the HVAC machine, tape double layers of cheesecloth over the air registers.

If you've had a fire or would like to hear more about how SERVPRO of Naperville will assist you in the event that you do, call (630) 428-3700.

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