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Fire Damage Interior Cleanup

After the exterior of the home is cleaned, the First Response team will move to the interior of the fire-damaged home. The technicians will carefully and cautiously inspect the home for any unstable structures – including the ceiling and the flooring. Plywood boards may be placed over any unstable area. 

The fire damage cleanup team will remove any standing water then will open all windows and place fans around the home to increase airflow and circulation. Many homeowners forget about the water damage that occurs when the fire is extinguished. The fans will help dry out the water and prevent mold growth. However, if it is a particularly humid day, the technicians will keep all windows closed to prevent the moisture from entering the fire-damaged home. The team will also dry and remove any wet furniture or other wet surfaces.

Cleaning Up A Fire Damaged Home

Cleaning up fire damages in your home is physically exhausting and can cause extreme emotional distress. This type of trauma requires time to heal and cope with the events that have occurred. We know a house fire completely changes the lives of you and your family so we have created are here to remove any additional stressors. Hiring a professional to clean up a fire-damaged home can alleviate stress and allow the family to cope with the events. 

After a fire has occurred, there will be extensive structural damage to the home and the belongings inside the home will be burned or covered in soot. Additionally, there will be water damage from extinguishing the fire that needs to be resolved immediately to prevent any further damages from arising. To return the home back to the previous state, it will require extensive cleaning and restoration.

When Is It Safe To Enter A Home After A House Fire?

Before entering the home it is crucial to have the property inspected to ensure there are no safety threats lingering inside the home. Inspectors will asses the whole home and block off any areas that are unsafe and could cause physical injuries. Even after the fire has been extinguished, there are still harmful toxins in the air and circulating throughout the home. These must be properly cleaned and disinfected before family members can enter the home. 

Always remember, do not enter a fire-damaged home until the property has been cleared by the local fire marshal, a professional inspector, or other authorities.

Even after the property has been cleared to enter, you should still use proper precautions when moving around the home. You and your family should wear the proper protective clothing to ensure safety when inside the fire-damaged home. However, we suggest keeping all small children away from the damages for an extra safety precaution.

Safety Gear:

  • Close-Toed Shoes
  • Long Sleeves
  • Full-Length Pants
  • Safety Glasses or Goggles
  • Gloves 
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Fire Damage Exterior Cleanup

At First Response, we have a team of trained, fire damage restoration experts that are here to make the cleanup and restoration process as seamless and stressfree as possible. Once on-site, the team will start by inspecting the property to ensure the foundation, roof, gutters, and other surfaces are stable and can withhold the cleaning. After the inspection the team will create a plan of action that will typically include the following steps:

The technicians will work from top to bottom, moving from the roof down. Starting with the roof, the technicians will clean out any debris or remaining ash that is clogging the gutters. If needed, our team will board up any exposed areas.

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Next, the technicians will move to the exterior walls of the home and power wash as much of the fire retardant, ash and soot off as possible. After the initial cleansing, the technicians will spot clean remaining residues with a stiff cleaning brush and a solution made specifically for this job. 

By working from the top of the home to the bottom, all remaining debris will fall to the bottom uncleaned portion of the structure. So, the technicians will clean and remove any of the areas where the debris has fallen, like windows. 

The final step in cleaning the exterior fire damage is removing and debris and power washing the driveway and walkways around the home. We will also sweep any decks the followup with a wet mop to clean up any remaining debris, ash, and soot.

Fire Damage Interior Cleanup

After the exterior of the home is cleaned, the First Response team will move to the interior of the fire-damaged home. The technicians will carefully and cautiously inspect the home for any unstable structures – including the ceiling and the flooring. Plywood boards may be placed over any unstable area. 

The fire damage cleanup team will remove any standing water then will open all windows and place fans around the home to increase airflow and circulation. Many homeowners forget about the water damage that occurs when the fire is extinguished. The fans will help dry out the water and prevent mold growth. However, if it is a particularly humid day, the technicians will keep all windows closed to prevent the moisture from entering the fire-damaged home. The team will also dry and remove any wet furniture or other wet surfaces.

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The team will begin working on cleaning away any smoke, dust, debris, and soot from the surfaces inside the home. Soot is an incredibly oily substance and the residue will leave difficult-to-remove stains. If not cleaned properly, the soot can transfer onto clothes, hands, and shoes and spread to other areas. To remove the soot from the walls, cabinets, wood, and metal the technicians will wash the affected areas using a dry chemical sponge to wipe the soot and smoke stains. It’s important that our team uses these specific sponges to ensure the stains are lifted. Following the dry cleaning, the team will use a liquid commercial sook and smoke removal cleaner to remove the remaining residue.

Following with walls and surface cleanings, the technicians will vacuum all affected areas to remove any of the loose soot and debris. All carpets that are stained with soot will be cleaned using professional-grade equipment.

After all of the areas have been efficiently cleaned the surfaces will be dried using fans and other ventilation methods. The smoke smell may linger for a couple of weeks however, the professional carpet cleaning will help to reduce this.

Call First Response For Professional Home Fire Damage Cleanup

We know the emotional stress that is associated with a house fire, and the cleanup can trigger these emotions as well as be very physically exhausting. At First Response, we work to alleviate any unneeded stress and restore your home and life back to normal after a fire. Our team follows industry standards and will create a safe environment that you can call “home” again.

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