Why You Need a St. Louis Professional to Clean Smoke Damage After a Fire
Thousands of homes and businesses are devastated by St. Louis fires every year. While recovery from a fire is never a pleasant process, recovery can be easier and safer with the help from SERVPRO. After the initial phone call to the fire department to extinguish a fire, the very next phone call should be to SERVPRO in your area.
SERVPRO has the resources and experienced technicians required to quickly assess St. Louis fire damage and identify any threats to the health of the inhabitants. These trained professionals can evaluate your facility and formulate a plan of action to restore your property as quickly as possible. They will examine the furniture and other contents of a home or business to determine which of the contents can be salvaged and which contents should be discarded. Finally, they are well versed in deodorization techniques and know how to properly dispose of ashes, soot and damaged materials.
Many people incorrectly assume that it is safe to return to their homes or offices once a St. Louis fire has been completely extinguished. They are unaware of the extensive damage that can be caused by the remnants of a fire. For instance, smoke and ash residue can result in corrosion, discoloration and a lingering unpleasant odor. Without immediate intervention, long term structural damage can result and repairs can be very expensive to correct.
For optimum results, SERVPRO should be contacted immediately after the fire is extinguished. Failure to act right away can be costly. For instance, discoloration can result if fire ashes remain on the surface of furniture and walls. The discoloration begins to occur only minutes after the ashes begin to settle. This can give fiberglass and plastic items an unattractive yellowish tint. Metal products will also begin to tarnish and furniture may need to be refinished. SERVPRO has the special tools required to safely remove ashes and soot from furniture and walls. They can even provide recommendations regarding flooding and water damage that can result from the fire extinguishing process.
Trying a "do it yourself" technique to try to restore a home or business after a fire typically fails to produce the same results that SERVPRO can yield. The best approach is to secure the services of SERVPRO as quickly as possible to prevent long term damage to furniture and other valuables.
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.