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Fire Tips for Before SERVPRO Arrives

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Ash on a Piano Be careful when you remove smoke and ash from your home

One of the best pieces of advice that we try to give to our customers is, don’t try to clean up after a fire yourself.  The soot and ash you see is considered to be toxic and has the potential to cause health problems if it is not handled properly.  The act of trying to clean your home can actually result in more damage if not done right.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has the right training and tools to guaranty that the job is done correctly the first time.

Helpful Tips for After a Fire

This may sound obvious but if the weather is nice outside, open your windows to air out the house to reduce smoke odor

Smoke is acidic so you need to clean any chrome, porcelain or aluminum fixtures to prevent tarnishing or etching

Make sure to change the air filter for your furnace

Throw away any packages of food that the smoke may have touched

If you lose your electric power, take all food out of the refrigerator and keep the doors open

Any clothing with heavy smoke damage can be sent to a dry cleaner that specializes in smoke restoration

Things Not to Do After a fire

Try not to touch any surfaces with your bare hands.  Oil from your fingers can affect soot on upholstery, walls, or woodwork and lead to additional damage.

Don’t try to wash your walls.  Using the wrong cleaning solutions can end up making the situation worse.

Do not clean your carpets, rugs or upholstered furniture.  You might set the stains permanently.

Wait to use your electrical appliances till after they have been examined for safety.

If water was used to extinguish the fire, don’t use lights or ceiling fans until they have been cleared for use

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