Preventative Steps May Speed Up Fire Damage Restoration In Fort Myers
SERVPRO Suggests to Call Us First for Fire & Smoke Damage Recovery
Firefighters put out the fire in your Fort Myers home. There is some level of damage in the affected areas that requires contacting professionals to restore and clean dirt, soot, and debris. There are a few preventative measures we recommend homeowners take as you are calling us. Taking these steps can help reduce damage and may help save items in the home.
SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Fort Myers know it may be tempting for homeowners to jump right in and start cleaning when there is a fire in their home. We recommend waiting for our trained team to arrive before touching any items or surfaces inside the house. It is natural for residents to want to start removing dirt and soot from walls, countertops, and furnishings, but doing so can hamper the cleanup process. For example, they may use the wrong type of cleaning agent, which can cause permanent damage or messy smearing.
There are several things homeowners can do ensure the proper restoration of their home. First, avoid washing or wiping down walls in the home. Also, try to refrain from removing soot or dirt from carpeting or any upholstered furniture without consulting with our technicians. We also advise against operating any electrical appliances or equipment until our team cleans and inspects them because smoke residues can be conductive.
We also suggest that residents put dry, colorfast towels or old linens on the carpeting and upholstered furniture. Doing so can reduce the potential for further damage. It is also wise to limit movement in the house to prevent soot, dirt and other particles from damaging upholstery and carpeting. Homeowners should also wash their hands to keep soot from coming in contact with walls, upholstery, and woodwork, which can cause more damage. Also, if the HVAC system was running during the fire, residents should immediately turn it off. We can change the HVAC filter, and tape folded pieces of cheesecloth over the registers to prevent trapped smoke residues from spreading throughout the home. The now contained ductwork can be cleaned at the appropriate time.
Due to the risk of contamination, SERVPRO suggests throwing away all canned or packaged foods or beverages that are stored close by or in any of the affected areas. The same recommendation also applies to any medications or cosmetics kept near or in the vicinity of the fire. Following these precautionary tips can help speed up the restoration process and may reduce further damage to your home and items.
As a final note, limit what you attempt to do and rely on our professional FSRT technicians to begin the cleanup and restoration.
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda offers fire damage restoration services that are available 24/7. Call us at (941) 575-5910.
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