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Best Practices for Smoke Damage Renewal


December 20th, 2016

A fire of any size can leave behind significant amounts of smoke and soot.  This dirty and odiferous byproduct isn’t only a nuisance aesthetically, but it can be a health hazard if it isn’t properly cleaned and removed from surfaces and textiles.  Smoke damage is often overlooked after a fire, but it’s arguably one of the most important steps of the post-fire restoration process.  At ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning, we’re experts at smoke damage renewal and can get your space and belongings cleaned up and back to full functionality.  Here are some considerations to make if you decide to tackle the job of smoke damage renewal on your own:

 

Safety First

If your house or business experienced a serious fire, make sure you get permission from a fire-marshal before re-entering the building.  Then you can assess the state of the structure and belongings and decide what needs to be tossed out and what should undergo the smoke damage renewal process.

 

Circulate Air

Open windows and doors as soon as possible to allow fresh air to clear out any residual smoke and cut down on the odor factor.  You also want to be breathing as clean of air as possible during this process.  Another good tip for clean air is to change out your furnace filter daily until it shows no soot if you need to have the heat on.  This is a good indicator of how clean the air in your space is.

 

Dry First, Restore Second

If water was used to put out your fire, always allow items to dry before attempting to clean up any smoke damage.  This will not only make the cleaning process easier, but will help protect the item from further damage.

Your best bet with most smoke damage restoration is to contact a professional to ensure the full cleanliness and removal of soot from your belongings and space.  The professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning know what it takes to tackle smoke damage and fire restoration:  contact us today and we’ll get you back on your feet in no time.

 

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