Fire-Damaged-HouseFire Damage Tips

During a fire, smoke is driven by heat created by flames. Smoke and odor may penetrate the entire building, no matter where the point of origin of the fire is located. You’ll want to act fast and get an expert on site immediately. We’re available 24/7 in the case of an emergency.

Fire Don’ts

  • Don’t attempt to wash wallpapered or flat painted walls without consulting a fire & soot professional cleaner.
  • Don’t attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again, incorrect procedure could increase damage.
  • Don’t use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction and cause further damage to property; also don’t use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, as a short circuit could result.
  • Do not touch anything – soot mixed with the oils in your hand can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing further damage.
  • Do not eat food that has been exposed to fire or smoke as it could be contaminated.

Do NOT wait to get professional help – improper cleaning products/methods can compound the soot residue problem. 

Fire Do’s

  • Blow off, brush or vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
  • Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling.
  • If electricity is off empty freezers and refrigerators. Leave doors propped open or place charcoal inside.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a dry cleaner specializing in fire and soot cleaning methods.
  • Clean formica and chrome fixtures in the kitchen and bath to prevent permanent tarnishing and wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent permanent etching.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace if you have forced hot air. Also, tape cheesecloth over intake and outlet air registers to catch loose soot in the air.
  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.

ServiceMaster South Shore’s trained professionals perform mitigation according to industry standards for fire, smoke and odor, as well as the water damage that often occurs in the course of a fire.