Fire / Smoke Damage Remediation
- Board up or cover with tarp to secure the property or protect it from the elements.
- Inspect furnace or air conditioner unit; replace furnace filter, cover supply and return air vents to prevent cross contamination of smoke and odor into other areas; clean and deodorize duct work.
- Turn off electrical power to address safety issues.
- Restore electrical power to use lighting and restoration equipment.
- Remove debris to clear a way for complete restoration and provide for worker and occupant safety.
- Perform emergency water damage mitigation: Extract excess water remaining from firefighting; check flooring and structural components for remaining moisture; set up drying and dehumidification equipment.
- Perform emergency corrosion mitigation: Corrosive by-products from smoke residues can cause irreversible damage in a short period of time; removing smoke residues and treating at-risk surfaces with a corrosion inhibitor will protect these items. Examples of at-risk surfaces: marble, stone, grout, aluminum, glass, fixtures, appliances, etc.
- Empty refrigerators or freezers to prevent spoiling and associated odors; empty food cabinets; dispose of spoiled food items. Note: We recommend you keep a list of all disposed items.
- Begin initial odor control measures such as ventilation to air out the property, application of deodorizers, placement of air filtration units, etc.
- Arrange for emergency laundry/dry cleaning for several changes of clothing for immediate use while the remainder of your clothing is restored.
In flooding, water typically spreads out and flows through the path of least resistance, especially toward substructures and lower floors. Porous materials,whether wood, sheetrock or other building materials, will soak up the water, which can even travel upward. The resulting effects can include discoloration, swelling, broken adhesive bonds, delamination (flooring separation), warping and overall breakdown of building materials that make up your property. The more time that elapses before treatment, the greater the damage. Even if the water evaporates unassisted, it can cause damage to ceilings, walls and contents.
ServiceMaster Clean® is a highly reputable, licensed, insured and endorsed water damage service provider. In addition to our years of experience, our qualified technicians have completed advanced training in water mitigation, dehumidification systems, mold remediation and corrosion control. They also seek continuing education to learn about new techniques and equipment to better serve you in your time of need.
This information is general in nature and may not apply to your specific needs. However, we hope it will help answer your questions, and aid you in understanding the processes and procedures in restoring your property.