Fire and smoke damage losses can be very difficult – there are so many questions about contents cleaning and furniture restoration, clothes cleaning and deodorization, evaluating personal belongings and the odor, not to mention, just cleaning the soot out of the home. You can have the confidence that with ServiceMaster of Germantown, you have selected the right people to do the job. We have years of experience in returning homes and offices back to normal and helping families and businesses get re-established. We are here to help.
We know that getting you back into your home quickly is your top priority; therefore, it is our as well. We specialize in restoring your property and contents as quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
Below are a few helpful tips to follow while you are waiting for the professionals to arrive onsite.
What to do:
- Corrosive byproducts can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours. Call for professional help.
- If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
- Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
- Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
- Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.
- Discard any open food packages after writing down the items for your insurance company.
- If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave the doors propped open.
- Send clothing and draperies with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.
What not to do:
- Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
- Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
- Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
- Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
- Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.