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What are the First Things West Palm Beach Homeowners Can do After a Fire?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder battling second story fire Fires happen and the cleanup is a messy process. SERVPRO can remediate your home to its preloss condition. Call us today!

Emergency Fire Damage Cleanup Tips for Homeowners in West Palm Beach

The journey a homeowner takes during the aftermath of a fire in West Palm Beach can be long and arduous. Mitigation and remediation after a household fire are priority services for our disaster recovery company. We understand your desire to take steps to jump-start the process back to normality, but we want to guide your efforts so that your actions do not cause additional harm or safety concerns. Hints focusing your response to productive tasks as you partner with us include the following. 

Limit Migration of Residues 

The tiny particles of incompletely combusted materials that are the solids found in smoke are also known as soot, visible evidence of fire damage in your West Palm Beach house. Soot floats on air currents, seeking surfaces upon which to settle that are cooler than the fire that created it. Ventilation systems and even the movement of you or our workers walking through the affected areas can accelerate the distribution of soot. To limit the spread of soot, we recommend: 

  • Turning off HVAC systems, blocking vents and registers with cheesecloth, and changing filters 
  • Minimizing walking through affected rooms 
  • Keeping hands clean to prevent the transfer of soot to clean surfaces 
  • Creating clear pathways on flooring and protect upholstered furnishings by placing clean, colorfast sheets or towels on surfaces 

Protect Metals and Other Surfaces 

A thin coating of lubricant prevents the highly acidic fire residues from tarnishing or pitting fixtures. Faucets, appliances, and trim benefit from this treatment until a thorough professional cleaning by the SERVPRO team completes.  

Get Recommendations for Competent Dry Cleaners and Electronic Service 

Not all resources available in the community have the training and experience to evaluate fire damage and resolve the harm. SERVPRO can share contact information with you for area contractors who take the extra steps necessary to clean and deodorize fabrics and electronics. Our crews are familiar with and can provide assessment and cleanup of fire-damaged carpeting and upholstery. 

Food Safety Concerns 

Empty freezers and refrigerators if fire damage interrupted electrical service. Pantries and cupboards need an inspection by knowledgeable SERVPRO technicians to ensure any food retained is safe. Even sealed cans, bottles, and jars could provide an environment for spoilage if temperatures were high enough during the fire. Soot can climb the threads of caps to contaminate food.  

Following the appropriate actions recommended by SERVPRO of Lake Worth during initial assessment can streamline fire damage cleanup start to finish, keeping you and your family safe as well. Contact our skilled team at (561) 588-9777 for emergency assistance and tips on what you can do to help us help you. 

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