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What To Do Until Help Arrives: Fire

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives: Fire Soot spreads very quickly. Call SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio for help, (210) 521-3313.

Fire and Smoke Damage.

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 and carpet traffic areas.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery 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 painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio professionals.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any 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 or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

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