Fire and Smoke Tips

The fire has been extinguished, now what do I do?
Contact your insurance company immediately. It is your responsibility to begin loss mitigation, including steps to prevent the damage from getting worse. Take inventory of damaged goods before discarding anything and save receipts for money spent relating to the fire loss.

Can I clean my own home after I have experienced a fire or smoke damage/loss?
Remember, in many cases, attempting the cleanup process yourself will only make matters worse. Certified technicians have the experience, training, and knowledge to assess the damage and restore your belongings.

Will my upholstery be cleaned after I experience a loss?
Most upholstery can be cleaned using an upholstery pre-spray followed by cleaning with a specially designed wand. Some fabrics are more delicate such as cottons and silks, which may require cleaning compounds made specifically for those types of materials to prevent browning or yellowing of the material. We can test your fabric to determine its composition if you are unsure what it is made of.

  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.
  • Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.
  • Change furnace filter.
  • Limit the movement in the structure to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into the upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean – soot on your hands can impregnate upholstery, walls and woodwork causing more damage.
  • Open windows for ventilation.