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Fire Damage Tips
Fire Damage Tips
Do you know what to do when you have a fire? Help is on the way but here are a few fire damage tips for you until Mammoth Restoration arrives.
What to Do After Experiencing a Fire:
- Be careful. Between the fire itself and the first responders, a structure is full of hazards after a fire. Check with the fire department to see whether the building is safe to enter. If so, use caution: the structure may not be as safe as it looks.
- Don’t spread soot. When inside, wear gloves and protective clothing. Soot spreads easily; avoid transferring it from one surface to another.
- Shut off HVAC systems. Central air or heating systems can rapidly spread soot throughout a building. Contact a licensed HVAC contractor or have Mammoth recommend one.
- Throw out food or drinks near the fire. Even if cans and other containers don’t look damaged, they may not be safe after exposure to that amount of heat.
- Empty any refrigerator and freezer. Clear out all food, throwing it out if the fire was anywhere near the appliance. Turning the appliances off and opening the doors can help prevent mold and mildew if power is disconnected.
- Protect water pipes. If the weather is freezing, the lack of central heat could cause pipes to freeze and burst. Protect them by pouring a tablespoon of antifreeze down every sink and tub and into every toilet bowl. Chrome faucets can be cleaned and protected with oil like WD-40.
- Take care of plants. Move the plants to a location away from any smoke and soot and wash both sides of the leaves with water until clean.
- Notify the landlord or mortgage lender, if you have one. It’s easy to forget this step, but it’s an important one. They need to know what’s going on with the building.
- Call Mammoth Restoration. DIY fire damage recovery can do more harm than good. This is a job for trained professionals.
What Not to Do After Experiencing a Fire:
- Don’t try to wash or paint anything. Improper washing can cause soot and smoke to set permanently. Painting can cause just as many problems. Leave that to the professionals.
- Don’t try to clean carpets, upholstery, or furniture. These items are tough to clean, and improper cleaning can cause permanent staining and damage.
- Don’t try to repair or use appliances. If the appliance was anywhere near the fire, it needs to be examined by a trained technician before it is used. Even if it looks fine the internal damage might cause it to malfunction or even make it dangerous to use.
- Don’t try to clean clothing. Any kind of normal washing can cause soot stains and smoke smells to become permanent – even dry cleaning.
- Don’t go into any damaged rooms. Fires can cause structural damage that might not be visible. The water used to put out the fire can cause hazards as well. Avoid going into any room near the fire if possible.