When fire, smoke or water unexpectedly damage your home, the first steps you take could mean the difference between a small cleanup and more costly and time consuming restoration.  When filing a claim make sure you take photos and notes of the damaged and undamaged areas of your property.  Review your insurance policies regularly.

What to do:

·        Corrosive by-products can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours.  Call for professional help.

·        If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.

·        Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.

·        Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.

·        Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.

·        Discard any open food packages.

·        If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.

·        Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.

 

What Not to do:

·        Do not touch anything with your bare hands.  Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.

·        Do not wash walls, incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.

·        Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.

·        Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.

·        Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

Posted 12:17 PM

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