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Dealing With Fire And Water Damage
Fire and water both have the potential to do a lot of damage in a very short amount of time, and what’s left may be traumatizing to homeowners who feel as though their lives have been completely wiped out.
You can contact your local fire damage restoration or water damage restoration professionals; they are available 24/7 and offer a full range of services designed to salvage and restore your home to its former beauty, but in the interim, you can do a few things yourself to minimize the loss to your home and property.
If you have water damage:
- Open all windows and doors to circulate air and facilitate drying.
- Remove excess water using mops or wet-dry vacs.
- Use fans, blowers and dehumidifiers to remove any residual moisture from carpets and surfaces.
- Remove all rugs and carpets for cleaning
- If the damage occurs during the winter, leave the heat on. If it’s summer, run the air conditioner on high.
- Make sure the electricity is turned off! You do not want to operate electrical appliances while standing ankle deep in water.
If you have fire damage:
- Blow off or vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery and carpets.
- Throw out open food packages. Soot is a contaminant.
- Send all smoke damaged items to a professional for cleaning
- Change your air filter. It will be clogged. Trust me on this.
- Tape cheesecloth over air vents to capture any soot that may still be in the air.
In either case, don’t wait to call in professional help. Time is of the essence if you want your home restored, and letting the damage stand is never a good idea.
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