Any fire is a traumatic experience, as long as everyone gets out of the home and no one is injured you have a lot to be thankful for – however sometimes the reality of just how much damage there is only sinks in days later. However in real life you only have a short window of opportunity to rescue your household contents from lasting or sometimes permanent damage that is the result of fire and smoke damage.
Here are some of the steps that you can take to limit the monetary and emotional costs of a home or business fire.
Smoke odor settles into natural materials such as wood but another level of complexity is involved with synthetics such as plastics. The chemicals given off by burning synthetics can not only cause lasting damage to your possessions but may also have long term health effects. We can quickly determine what is salvageable and can be restored and what is not.
Soot must be removed carefully to insure it is not rubbed into fabric permanently. Water from the fire department’s efforts will soak soot into carpet. In a lot of cases we can remove the soot and save the carpet.
You can deal with the smoke damage on your clothes fairly easily by using your washing machine. But some fabrics require special handling. We can deal with it all.
If there’s one golden rule to dealing with fire and smoke damage it’s ventilate. Make sure that the building gets a good airing out – but beware the breeze, it’s just going to spread soot and other particulate matter around.