If You Encounter Fire Damage

ServiceMaster is here to assist those who have experienced the unfortunate event of a fire. We will send out fire damage experts who will restore your destructed property to the best of their ability. To facilitate a smoother process, consider the following tips:

  • Contact ServiceMaster of Greater Washington as soon as possible. Fire and smoke leave behind corrosive byproducts, which can cause etching. This type of damage may be unfixable after a mere 72 hours.
  • Minimize smoke odor by opening doors and windows.
  • For tarnish and etch prevention, clean any Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures.
  • If you use forced air, clean the air filter in your furnace.
  • To capture any loose soot in the air, cover important documents with damp cheesecloth.
  • Throw away any open food packages.
  • Turn off the electricity to your refrigerator, clean thoroughly and leave the doors propped open.
  • Take any clothing with heavy smoke damage to a dry cleaner who is qualified in restoration.

What not to do:

  • Do not touch anything such as upholstery, walls or woodwork. The oil on your hands can permeate cloth and wood, causing additional damage.
  • Do not attempt to wash your walls. Cleaning incorrectly can compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstery yourself. Call a professional such as ServiceMaster of Greater Washington.
  • Do not use any electrical appliances until they have been checked thoroughly by a professional.
  • If the ceiling is wet, do not use ceiling fixtures.


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