FIRE & SMOKE DAMAGE, DO'S & DON'TS
Ever wonder what to do before help arrives after you suffer a fire or smoke damage?
Check out these emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives. To reduce the chance of damage and increase the chances of successful restoration, make sure you follow these Do’s and Don’ts.
DO:Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery walls and woodwork.Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
DON’T:Attempt to wash any walls or paints surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.Attempt to shampoo carpet upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting and authorized repair service.Consume and food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA & SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, proudly serves those in need! We will be on site quickly and our staff will give you the personalized attention you deserve. We specialize in the cleanup of water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning and duct cleaning. Let us help you make it, “Like it Never Even Happened!” Visit either of our websites for assistance. Pennsylvania customers visit –www.SERVPROofupperdarby.com or www.SERVPROofbearnewcastle.com if you’re located in Delaware. To speak to a qualified team member, call 1-877-352-0700.