Fire Damage >> Water Damage

After you have a fire, you ask, why does my house have broken windows and doors, and there are holes in the roof? Water Damage can produce temperatures greater than 1200 degrees, along with smoke damage and hot gases. At times, the firefighters must eliminate all of the heat, smoke and hot gases before they’re able to enter to put out the fire. They must quickly ventilate, like break the windows, to help reduce fire spread. Often, firefighters must open the walls to find the "hidden" fires, to extinguish the fire.

  1. These cleaning tips are a general rule for you to follow. However, each Water Damage condition requires different cleaning techniques. There are cleanup contractors who specialize in fire/smoke and water damage restoration and these companies should be used in most cleanup cases. The first step after the fire department personnel leave, the building becomes your responsibility. Remove all of your valuables if you cannot live in the fire damaged house. Should a firefighter or fire investigator be left on the scene, they will be there to accompany you.
  2. You will be responsible for securing doors and your windows and other areas against unauthorized entry and ensuring no further Water Damage occurs to the structure or contents. If you do own or are in the process of purchasing the property, contact your insurance company or local agent as soon as possible. And if you are renting or leasing the property, you should also contact the owner. Your insurance agent could be able to assist by providing names of full service fire/smoke and water restoration companies that will specialize in Water Damage and securing homes with emergency board up, inventory and removal of contents and 24-hour emergency response service.
  3.  All of the items in the building should be inventoried and no item should be thrown away without the authorization of the insurance company. Walls could be washed down while they are still wet. You may use a mild soap or detergent and wear rubber gloves. To start, wash a small area at a time, working from ceiling down, then rinse in clear, clean water immediately. The Water Damage ceilings should always be washed first. For wallpaper, heat and ventilate the room for several days to dry the plaster as well as the wallpaper. If mildewed wallpaper is the washable kind, wipe it down with a cloth wrung out of thick soapsuds, then clean with clear water.
  4.  Re-paste edges or the loosened sections. When washing the wallpaper, work very quickly so paper does not become soaked. Always work from the top and work to the bottom to prevent streaking. When Water Damage the linoleum floors, and the water gets underneath of the linoleum and remains there for a long period of time, the wood will begin to breakdown and the odors arise. There are several ways to remove or lift the linoleum from the floor, but it is safest to contact a full service fire/smoke and water restoration company. Wash the mildew stain with soap and water.

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