After sustaining damage from a fire, you need an expert to carefully assess the nature and extent of the damage to determine what needs reconstruction and what needs cleaning.
What We Do:
- Ash & Soot Removal
- Professional Smoke Odor Removal
- Water Extraction & Content Drying
- Fire Damage Repair & Reconstruction
- Smoke Damage Repair
What You Can Do:
After fire damage, a building and its contents must be cleaned; knowledge of what to do and what not to do is important. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize or seriously impede satisfactory restoration.
Here are some tips on how to deal with a fire cleanup situation:
- Clean and protect chrome trim on kitchen and bath fixtures, accessories and appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil.
- Open windows for ventilation if weather permits.
- Don’t wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Avoid contact with carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
- Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapery, and carpet.
- Empty both the freezer and refrigerator if electricity is off, and prop the doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper.
- Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks, and tubs to prevent freezing if the heat is off in the winter.
- Call a plumber to drain the heating system if the heat is off in winter.
- Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environments.
- Don’t use food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
- Don’t turn on computers, TVs, stereos, or other electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.
- Send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results. (Keep your receipts for insurance purposes.)
Contact ESPO Fire & Water to board up open windows, roofs, or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage.
Espo Fire and Water is a Response Team 1 company and we are committed to helping people get life back to normal after a disaster. With decades of experience in quickly responding to large commercial and residential losses and community weather events, Response Team 1 serves the continental U.S. from 30 strategic locations. For more information visit www.responseteam1.com.