Smoke Damage Restoration Tips
Smoke Damage Restoration
Your life and home seems to have been shaken after a fire. Fire damage can be difficult for you and anyone in your family. Unfortunately fire restoration cannot always be handled on your own. Cleaning smoke damage should be handled by a professional. Your local ServiceMaster should be able to handle all your smoke restoration needs. Another option for you is to get advantage of the janitorial services that professional cleaning companies offer.
Cleaning smoke damage after a fire requires specialized skills and techniques. Our experts have the training and equipment needed for proper smoke damage removal.
Cleaning Smoke Damage – ServiceMaster Can Help
No matter the fire size, flames can produce an extensive amount of smoke and debris around your home. This smoke can land on and penetrate things like carpet, furniture, clothing, upholstery and other porous materials. ServiceMaster experts start by evaluating the situation and the extent of the damage to know what they, and your family are dealing with. Depending on the situation, our Service Master smoke damage cleanup specialists will use onsite and offsite techniques to restore your property. Our onsite smoke damage restoration service includes the use of air scrubbers, thermal fogging and ozone treatments to remove smoke and odor particles. In some cases, smoke damage removal may require multiple treatments. In cases of larger fires, offsite smoke cleanup may be needed for some items. This method of cleaning smoke damage is known as a pack out or content restoration. If some items are damaged extensively, ServiceMaster can remove the property and bring it to their Clean Master facility for full smoke and fire restoration. No matter what type of smoke damage removal you need, we’ll coordinate with your insurance company to reduce stress after the accident and bring you peace of mind.
Before your ServiceMaster Experts Arrive
Although you local ServiceMaster provider is available 24/7, there are certain things you can do before they show up. You can blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets, but do not touch the soot, since it could worsen the situation. You then should cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling. Since soot can travel through your ventilation system, it is important for you to minimize its’ travel. Discard open food packages since the food could be contaminated with soot particles or trapped in your refrigeration system. If your electrical service is off, clean out your freezer and refrigerator and leave the doors propped open or place charcoal in the unit. For your clothing, you can send items with heavy smoke damage to a qualified professional dry cleaner who specializes in smoke damage or wait until your ServiceMaster provider comes, they are trained in removing soot damage from clothing. You can also change your air filter in your home right away to ensure that the filter is continually cleaning the air. One last thing you can do is open your windows if the weather and wind permits. This allows the odor to escape. If it is windy, wait until your ServiceMaster arrives, wind will only worsen the soot damage.
Cleaning Smoke Damage – Appliances
Your local ServiceMaster provider has an expertly trained staff on smoke damage restoration. Appliances can often be difficult to clean if smoke has seeped in. In terms of safety, you should not tackle smoke damage on your appliances. Since your home appliances run on electric, it is not safe to know how badly they were damaged. If your ServiceMaster provider thinks your items can be cleaned and saved, they will take them to the ServiceMaster off-site and cleaning restoration facility. They will then know if your items are salvageable.
Smoke Damage Restoration Tips – Surfaces
Your local ServiceMaster will be able to clean most services that were damaged by soot. Having the proper chemicals and solutions will
ensure your home is returned to normal. ServiceMaster will clean any Formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom to prevent permanent tarnishing. If soot settles too long on certain surfaces, a chemical reaction can occur and damage the surface even further. They will wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching. Etching can be cause by residual burning and chemical reactions with certain metals and surfaces. ServiceMaster will also help with plants and flowers during cleaning smoke damage by wiping the leaves of houseplants to remove smoke residue.
If you haven’t already changed your air filter in your home, your ServiceMaster provider will ensure your filtration system is cleaned. Taping cheesecloth over intake and outlet air registers to capture any loose soot in the air can also help. This is even more effective if the cheesecloth is damp.
Smoke Damage Restoration Tips – Clothing
Like stated before, if you feel that the smoke damage was minimal to your clothing you can take it to a local cleaning provider. Yet ServiceMaster has expert cleaning professionals who can salvage most clothing, a lot better then any cleaning service could. Attempting to clean any upholstery on your own could damage the items further.
Cleaning Smoke Damage – Walls and Wood
Wiping soot across surfaces could damage the surfaces drastically. Soot has many compounds and oils in it which could seep into wood and walls making it even harder to clean. Don’t touch anything while soot is on your hands as well. Soot on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing further damage.
Cleaning smoke damage from your home can be very difficult. Calling a smoke damage restoration professional such as ServiceMaster ensures that your home will be cleaned quickly and efficiently. ServiceMaster knows how to save you time and money making sure you are returned to “peace of mind.”