How Can I Clean Up Smoke Damage?Fire can be extremely damaging to a building. However, there are many elements of fire, such as soot and smoke, that can be just as harmful. The smell of smoke can overwhelm your home and possessions and walls can be damaged by smoke soot. A fire can have catastrophic, extreme effects both to your home and your family. When your cherished keepsakes are damaged, it can be devastating. At Paul Davis, we understand. That's why as fire repair specialists, we're ready to help restore your damaged possessions. When an emergency strikes, each of our franchises offers 24/7 emergency smoke restoration services. Contact us immediately, so we can reduce the cost of fire and smoke damages to your building.
How Can I Clean Up Smoke Damage?Smoke damage can occur without a major fire breaking out in your home. If you don't act quickly, closed fireplace flues and smaller kitchen flare ups can cause discoloration and significant odors. Unless you address the problem immediately, smoke can soak into the walls, carpets and furniture. Here are a few ways to move fast and cleanup any smoke damage:
- Turn off your HVAC system to stop smoke from spreading.
- To suck out smokey air, move large fans towards open windows and doors.
- Vacuum up ash and soot by holding the nozzle right above the soot- pressing down could create unwanted stains.
- Use a rag to clean hard surfaces.
- Use a dry sponge to wipe away soot from ceilings and walls and use a vinegary spray to wipe away stains.
- Clean any household item that has been affected, such as light bulbs.
- Deep wash or dry clean any curtains or clothing that were affected.
- Deodorize window coverings and carpets. We suggest that you use odor counteractants.
Paul Davis's ServicesIf your home has serious smoke damage, it's best to let the professionals take care of it. Paul Davis offers all-encompassing fire remediation services. These include:
- 24/7 emergency services- onsite and assisting you within hours.
- Prompt damage assessment, pretesting and estimates.
- Emergency board-up and structural stabilization.
- Environmentally friendly methods for clearing soot and other residue from fire damage.
- Smoke odor removal, sanitation and air purification.
- Careful removal and securing of damaged household goods, personal possessions and other contents for cleaning and restoration.
- Industrial grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment used to efficiently remove water resulting from fire extinguishing efforts.
- Reconstruction of the affected areas.
- Disinfectants and antimicrobials used to prevent mold and mildew.