You will have all seen the news of the Royal Clarence Hotel fire in Exeter, you may have even experienced a fire in your own home or commercial premises. If so you will appreciate that it can be a devastating experience.
The emergency services will no doubt have done an excellent job extinguishing the fire, making sure everyone is safe and ensuring that the building structure is as secure as possible.
After Fire Damage
However, it is very important that the work does not stop here and that you have a plan of action.
ServiceMaster Devon can help you in this process of cleaning and restoring your property.
Please take note of the following:
- Contact your insurance company to check your insurance policy cover
- Make sure you notify your mortgage company of the fire
- Make sure a certified structural engineer confirms the building structure is safe
- Make sure all doors and windows are securely boarded up where necessary
- Make sure all energy sources (utilities) are isolated/switched off
- Do not use any electrical switches in the property as there may be standing water
- Do not enter a room if you hear hissing/popping sounds or see sparking
- Try not to touch anything or move anything, particularly items covered in soot
- Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long sleeves, long trousers and gloves to protect against soot and any other contaminants
- Try to locate important papers and other documents that you will need
- Take care when handling burned money and take any remains to a bank for replacement
- Begin making an inventory list of the building and property/furniture items damaged in each room. Try to estimate the cost of more expensive property/furniture items
- Begin saving receipts for any expenses incurred after the fire. These may be needed when filing your insurance claim
Fire Damage Clean-up and Restoration
At ServiceMaster Devon we have the expertise as well as the appropriate equipment and products to clean and restore a fire damaged property safely and effectively. Fire damage affects more than the items burned. There will also be soot, smoke and water damage. In addition be aware that there will be dust particles in the atmosphere that could be a health hazard.
A professional cleaning team will assess the damage to walls, floors and ceilings. Also, cupboards, wardrobes, cabinets, furniture and more will be assessed before commencing the clean-up operation. Additionally, bear in mind that mould growth can develop within a few days after rooms and items have been saturated with water during the fire-fighting process. If mould spores are left to grow they can be harmful to a person’s health.
Finally, it is important to carry out fogging/ozoning to try to remove the unpleasant odours and kill off any bacteria.
Items that may need to be cleaned for soot and smoke removal include, but are not limited to:
- Carpets and area rugs
- Flooring: hardwood, tile and vinyl
- Stone flooring
- Woodwork and other hard surfaces like countertops and cabinetry
- Electronics and appliances
- Furniture and upholstery
- Curtains, draperies, linens and clothing
- Books, artwork, papers and documents
- Delicate items with sentimental value
After a fire, let ServiceMaster Devon tackle the tough jobs in order that your home be cleaned and restored as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.