No one ever thinks a fire will happen to them. To those who have been affected, the same thoughts occurred… “It won’t happen to me.”
If fire strikes, there are some simple post-fire tips to help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.
- If the structure even seems unsteady, do not try to clean it up. Contact PLM Restoration and let the professionals handle it.
- Do not eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been near the fire’s flames, smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out.
- Limit movement in the home and keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Don’t use television or other electrical appliances until you have been assured it is safe by a professional.
Some activities you can perform if it is safe:
- Change HVAC filter
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and keep doors open
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
- Collect and clean valuables and store in a safe place
PLM Restoration can take care of your fire damage restoration and get your home back to normal after a fire.
A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water.
You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned.
The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.
The U.S. Fire Administration has put together a booklet to help you get through the after effects of a fire.
Losing a home can cause significant emotional distress. You should not underestimate the challenge of evacuation, relocation and rebuilding after a fire.
You may be ready to attempt the clean-up of your home after a fire, but unless you are painstaking in your efforts to get professional advice, you might very well be wasting your time, or worse, creating further damage. Make sure to contact your insurance agent as soon as the fire is extinguished. He or she will be able to provide sound advice on the restoration and replacement of your damaged property/belongings. The insurance company may even want to recommend a restoration company for you, just make sure, in that event, you do your research. Fire restoration companies, like PLM, will provide help by guiding you to prevent further damage as well as help determining which items can or cannot be saved or refurbished. PLM Restoration can also provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and professionally deodorizing your home. When cleaning up after a fire, it is important to document every move and to not do anything without first checking the insurance regulations. This is why professional services are so important. At PLM, we know the laws and we strictly adhere to them to make certain our customers don’t lose out anything else after such a traumatic life event.
Preventing Further Damage
If you choose to go at it alone and forgo the professional help, you can certainly minimize any further damage by following a few important guidelines:
- Be sure you have permission from the fire marshal to re-enter your home before doing so.
- Get the air going, Circulation is key. Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan to circulate air. Note: if there has been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier.
- In colder weather, your heating system may be operating and the cold air will usually help remove the moisture. In this case, replace your vent filter daily until it shows no soot.
- Dry wet items as soon as possible. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew.
- Remove brass and copper items and clean them using brass or copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours)
- Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs.
- Remove all decorative or oriental rugs (or any other colored rugs or tapestries from wet wall-to-wall carpeting. )
- Cover all dry, clean items with plastic while work is done on your home.