A Quick Guide to Restoring Fire Damage in your Dumont home
We want to always help our Dumont community, especially with fire damage.
A home that has become damaged by fire is a stressful obstacle for a homeowner to overcome. Smoke and soot residues can become attached to walls, ceilings, surfaces, appliances, and ventilation spots while some soot can be harmful if ingested. That said, provided you have the correct safety equipment, some soot can be cleaned away yourself although you do need to bring in a qualified restoration professional to restore certain areas, remove unpleasant odors and ensure that soot is not spread around.
If you want to tackle fire damage in your Dumont home, the first thing you need to do is contact a Fire Marshall. A quick inspection is required to make sure your home is safe to enter after minor to moderate fires. Carcinogens and monoxides, as well as certain soot, can be harmful if inhaled so you should make sure you open all doors and windows as well as wearing a mouth mask to prevent tiny particles from being ingested. Additionally, you should lay down a tarp or floor covering in the affected area to prevent loose soiling dropping onto the floor.
Begin by vacuuming dry soot from walls and ceilings. Vacuuming should remove any loose debris without spreading damage. If soot deposits are oily, you should leave them to a restoration professional. A chemical sponge can be applied directly onto dry soot to remove them. However, you should test on a small area to make sure there are no adverse effects on paintwork or finish. Contact SERVPRO to arrange a visit from a certified restoration provider for areas that require professional attention.
Generally speaking, shutting off electrical supply to the affected area, opening windows, performing light cleaning tasks with a vacuum and sponge as well as checking appliances can be carried out by a homeowner. SERVPRO professionals can take care of walls and clothing, which may require a pre-test of materials to determine a cleaning method that does not cause further damage. Avoid wiping any powder residues that may have been used to control a fire as these can have a chemical composition which could erode finishes, flooring or appliances.
Enlisting a professional restoration provider can help by providing expert knowledge and equipment that gets your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100.
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