Glendale Fire Damage - Cleanup Tips
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Anyone who has suffered Glendale fire damage can tell you how important it is to hire professionals to help with the cleanup process. After a house fire, you may be anxious to clean your home, salvage what you can and get your life back to normal. However, getting professional advice and help can save you time and prevent you from creating further damage. Professional fire restoration services, like those offered by SERVPRO, are highly successful at restoring household items and personal belongings.
While you are waiting for the fire restoration professionals to arrive, here is what you can do to get the process started and prevent additional damage from occurring.
First, make sure you have permission from the fire marshal to re-enter your home safely. Once you can safely and legally re-enter, your first goal should be to get the air moving. If large volumes of smoke and soot have been a by-product of the fire, do not do the following unless you have been advised that it is okay. Open as many windows as you can to increase the ventilation and allow fresh air to enter the interior. If you have ceiling fans, turn them on. You can also bring in additional fans to help move more of the air around. It is important to note that your furnace filter will need to be changed daily until it shows no signs of soot. If you have called in SERVPRO, you should sit tight because they will arrive very quickly to assess the fire damage.
If your home has also suffered water damage due to the fire, you will want to dry these items thoroughly as soon as possible. Fans and dehumidifiers will be needed to help dry out carpet and draperies. If these articles are not dried thoroughly, they may become damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew. Any items made of brass or copper will need to be cleaned using a brass or copper cleaner as soon as possible. This is because smoke, acidic by nature, reacts with brass and copper within 24 hours after exposure.
Soot can easily stain carpets, draperies and other household textiles due to its oily base. Before any cleaning or deodorizing can occur on these items, any soot must be thoroughly removed. It is best to hire a professional fire and smoke restorer who can remove any soot with a heavy-duty professional vacuum, and also special dry sponges. Trying to remove soot from textiles with your vacuum or vacuum attachments can force the soot further into the fabric, making it harder to remove. These items may also need to be properly deodorized before cleaning. Hiring a professional to help you remove smoke odor from textiles is highly recommended. Experts have access to various chemical agents and equipment like thermal foggers that help break up the smoke molecules to eliminate the odors. The type of material (fuel) that burned in the fire is a factor in determining the extent of damage from smoke and soot. The experts from SERVPRO follow the procedures as established by the IICRC in all phases of fire damage clean up.
Your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is ready at a moment's notice to help you mitigate \Glendale fire damage. We have the equipment, tools, experience and knowledge to help you clean up after a house fire. Call us today for 24/7 service at (323) 410-0041.