SERVPRO Fire Damage
Tips on Dealing with Fire Damage Aftermath
When it comes to fire damage, the primary source of damage isn't the actual flame or heat. Most restoration and replacement costs come from smoke and soot damage left from the fire. In areas like ours, smoke and soot damage does not even require the facility to be on fire.
Many miles surrounding the Monument area are covered in forest, and the potential is there for a fire (especially this time of year) so expansive that it will cover the community in smoke and soot. Also, structures nearby can also cover your home or business in smoke and soot as well as the chemical smell and particles from man-made building materials. SERVPRO has extensive experience in dealing with these hazards and the clean-up required to deal with them.
Regardless of the source, do not attempt to remove anything until you have been given the go-ahead from the fire department or a building safety inspector. If you do decide to remove items before calling in a professional service, remember to wear gloves and other protective gear. Your health should always be a higher priority than office furniture and soot can ruin clothing almost immediately, even if you get it to a dry cleaners the same day. Also, do not forget that if an item was soaked by the fire suppression system, it is much heavier than normal.
Whatever else you may do or not, do not activate your air conditioner or any HVAC system until it has been inspected and cleaned if necessary. Once fire damage has occurred, at the very minimum, all HVAC filters must be replaced, and registers should be blocked. Dense cloth such as cheesecloth should be taped securely over them to prevent air traveling through the system and spreading soot into areas that escaped the initial damage from the fire.
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is a locally owned and operated franchise. Our management and employees are part of this community and have a personal interest in keeping it safe and sound. If you need our restoration services or want to set-up a free inspection to determine the best plan to prevent fire damage, call us today at 719-434-4626.