Preventing Fire Damage? Tips for Smoke Damage and Restoration
Even after a lot of care and prevention, sometimes fire can hit homes and there is nothing one can do about it except called a professional fire damage restoration company in Lakeland and inform the insurers. Homeowners, however, can do some things which would make life easy for the restorers of fire damage. The following are some tips for homeowners in case of fire and smoke damage.
Do Call the Professionals ?
Homeowners without proper training and tools are not equipped to handle with fire and smoke damage. Professionals with proper equipment should be called immediately. After that, the insurance company covering the fire damage should be informed about the calamity.
Do Open Windows ?
If entering is safe, then the windows should be opened to let in fresh air and ventilate the entire house. All windows and doors should be opened.
Do Cover Clean Items ?
When the restoration company arrives, the professionals will try to prevent further damage. At this time, the homeowners can use a plastic film to cover all the items that have not experienced any damage from the fire. It would make everyone’s job easier and would also prevent any soiling from contaminated items.
Do Change Air Filter ?
If the filter of the house is operating, it should be changed regularly. The furnace filter should be changed once every day until no soot shows up on it.
Do Clean Up ?
Cleaning up should be done only when the homeowner is wearing proper gear. This includes protective devices to allow proper breathing. Then, the area should be cleaned to stop the damage from spreading and settling. Simply sweeping and brushing can always be helpful.
Don’t Attempt to Clean Walls ?
Many people attempt to clean off the smoke and fire damage from the walls but this should not be done. Professionals have special chemicals and sponges for this very purpose. If the homeowner uses any incorrect methods or tools, the damage could be made worse.
Don’t Enter The Building Without Permission ?
The fire marshal or any other authority present in the premises should be consulted before entering the building. The structure needs to be sound enough.
Don’t Use Electrical Equipment ?
Electrical appliances should not be turned on. Same goes for ceiling fans, wires and anything else. The homeowner should refrain from touching anything with bare hands before the restoration company arrives.
Don’t Put On Damaged Clothes ?
Clothes would need special ozone treatment in case of damage from smoke and fire. A sample can be sent to the drycleaners beforehand so that they know what to expect. Most importantly, these clothes should not be washed at home.
Don’t Use Damaged Upholstery At Home ?
The smoke from the fire can get into all forms of fabric, especially into upholstery. All these should be sent to the restorers and dry cleaners before they are used at home again. They contain toxins which can be harmful to health.
It is important for the homeowner to be as quick as possible in calling up the professional fire damage restoration company.
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