The Dos and Don’ts of Fire Damage Cleanup
Experiencing a fire in your Missouri home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. But it’s vital that fire damage cleanup and the restoration process is begun as quickly as possible in order to get your life back to normal.
But do not attempt to do this on your own! You’ll need to rely on experts to handle the situation. There are specific steps the professionals know and will follow to restore your property and contents to their preloss condition.
Because of the seriousness of these situations, here is a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup:
· Make safety the priority. Even if the situation looks safe and clear to you, don’t enter a burned structure until a professional has informed you it’s safe to do so. Not only may the building be unstable, but fires can start again — even after they seem to be extinguished.
· Document, document, document. Take photos of the fire damage, save receipts, take notes of conversations and keep all email correspondence. These actions help when dealing with your insurance company.
· Call your insurance agent to initiate a fire damage assessment.
· Call your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County, to help with fire damage cleanup and repair.
· Limit movements inside the structure to keep soot particles from spreading.
· Change furnace filters.
· Cover dry furniture and upholstery with sheets.
· Weather permitting, open windows and doors for ventilation.
· Remove clothing and soft contents from the property and have it cleaned by SERVPRO professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner.
· Throw away all food and drink left after the fire.
· Enter a building before the fire department gives you the green light, even if it looks safe.
· Start cleaning residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Everything has to be assessed by your insurer first.
· Walk on carpets or touch furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they’re professionally cleaned.
· Eat food, including canned goods, that were exposed to heat or fire.
· Turn on utilities until professionally checked.
· Turn on, clean, or use any electronic equipment until professionally checked.
Smoke and soot residue left behind after fire damage can cause severe health effects if not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment that understand the complicated chemical interactions involved with soot and fire can ensure your fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly.
The best thing to do is get in touch with SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County as soon as possible. We will assess your property and come up with a fire damage cleanup plan that includes:
· Securing your property to prevent further damage
· Removing damaged and unsalvageable items
· Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing of your property and belongings
· Repairing or replacing all fire and smoke damaged areas of the structure
Our main goal at SERVPRO of Springfield / Greene County is to restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.” As a locally owned and operated company, providing the best possible customer service is our business