Cleaning up after a fire is an overwhelming task that requires chemicals and neutralizers that are not available for the general public. However, there are some things you can do to help eliminate the odor of smoke from a fire and get your home ready to receive professional help. There is also somethings that you SHOULD NOT do…
A good restoration service can provide, or arrange to be provided, many emergency items necessary for you and your family immediately following a fire loss.
Above are just a few of the quick-tip items that can assist you and your family in getting back to normal. They may seem small but go a very long way in starting the project off on solid ground.
In most cases, companies like 1ST Call Disaster Services are needed to permanently remove the after effects of a fire. Commercial grade neutralizing products, odor counteractants and techniques will eliminate stubborn and offensive odors. The longer the source is left intact, the worse the odor will become and the more difficult the removal will be. It is imperative to attack the damage as quickly as possible!
Ash and soot are a major cause of odor. If ash and soot residue are left for days it allows the odor to creep into impenetrable places such as between floorboards and behind drywall. Additionally, fires create high pressure in a structure and force smoke into ANY crevice that is exposed (between cabinets, in door jambs between rooms where the door was closed etc) This makes an intense cleaning even more extensive and far reaching. The odor will leave much quicker and be less expensive if tackled immediately and as aggressively as possible.
A good restoration company can make sure a fire damage restoration is done right and that you're out of pocket damage liability is kept to a minimum. We've helped numerous home and business owners and they and their insurance company always appreciate our surgical approach to restoration!