Fire can be the most destructive thing that happens to your home, even if it isn’t directly your home that’s on fire! Smoke from a nearby fire can leave your entire house smelling like… well smoke. Here are some tips from CBC Cleaning and Restoration on what to do if you experience fire or smoke damage to your property:
1. Call the fire department to put out the fire and/or determine that the fire is indeed extinguished.
2. Once the fire is extinguished open all windows to get air moving through your home, use fans if available and change your HVAC filter (if areas around ceiling fans were damaged by the fire or water- DO NOT TURN ON as there may be damage to wiring that could start a second fire).
3. Contact your insurance company.
4. Next, call a professional (such as CBC) to respond and evaluate what needs to be done to bring your home back to it’s pre-existing condition. The sooner the “ clean up” can start the better, the less time soot has to settle, the easier it will be to clean.
5. Do not try to clean soot on your own, let the professionals do this with specially prepared chemical sponges.
6. Get carpets, upholstery, and your clothing professionally cleaned to remove indoor odor and pollutants.