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The Do's and Don'ts after Experiencing Fire Damage

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

When your Savannah home or business suffers fire damage, it can be devastating. After the fire has been put out, you may be wondering what you can and cannot do until help arrives to being restoring your home. Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts that can help you get started:  

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 us. 
  • 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. 

At SERVPRO of Savannah, we focus on helping you restore your home back to the pre-fire condition you know and love. If you have questions about our restoration process for fire damage, give us a call at (912)-234-9690.  

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