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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

How to Minimize the Damage Caused by Fire and Smoke

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

The first and most important step to take after a fire is to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. Should anyone feel at all ill, it is imperative that you receive medical attention.

The next step is having the Fire Marshall in order for them to assess whether or not it is safe to be in or near the building in which the fire or smoke damage occurred. Once again, the top priority after a fire is to maintain safety through the entire restoration process. Electrical hazards are common occurrences after a fire and can be extremely dangerous. As well as possible electrical hazards, there are water hazards. The water used to put out the fire creates a prime location for slipping and falling.

As soon as the Fire Marshall declares the building safe then you as well as your highly trained SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan professionals can begin restoration. We maintain the restore versus replace mentality in order to preserve the items that hold sentimental value, as well as saving you money! The following is a list of to-do’s and to-do-not’s after a fire.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • What NOT To Do After A Fire 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
  • SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan offers the following services after a fire in order to make your house a home again.

    Contents Restoration: SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can dry clean, wet clean, spray and wipe, foam clean, abrasive clean, or immerse clean after we pretest your belongings in order to see what can be restored to pre-fire conditions.

    Move-Outs/Pack-Outs: SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan offers organized and efficient move out in order to provide you with a quicker remodeling process as well as protecting items from further damage.

    Electronic Cleanup: SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan wants to protect you from the possibility of hazardous electronics by offering restoration in order to remove residue and prevent further damage.

    Document / Photograph Drying: SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can air dry, dehumidify, freeze dry, vacuum freeze dry, or vacuum thermal dry your documents in order to prevent their destruction. We understand that documents are often irreplaceable and we want to provide you with their swift restoration.

    Contents Claim Inventory Service: SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can provide you with a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) which encompasses a pre loss list and value of contents, detailed report, information to settle claims, assistance with burden of proof for claims, and most importantly peace of mind.

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