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.