Fire Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After any fire damage situation most home and business owners are left with many questions and emotions.  After suffering a fire in your home or business, it is important to remember to stay calm and assess the situation for the safety of your family or employees.  

After suffering the initial damage, the entire restoration process can take some time.  Make sure you have a safe place to stay or work for the duration of cleanup.  Leave the dirty work up to the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.  Our team is trained to remove all non-salvageable contents as well as restoring the salvageable contents.  With our reconstruction division, we can truly make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. Call (712) 262-4379

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What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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