In the blink of an eye, fire and smoke can devastate your home and leave you feeling lost. Once the firefighters have gone, and the smoke has cleared, all that is left in front of you is your damaged property and the stress of what to do next. After suffering a house fire, call Smith & Son’s for fire and smoke damage restoration. We not only assist in restoring as much of your property as possible and provide cleanup services, but our expert workers will also work with your insurance company to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
Board Up Your Home
Immediately after your home is fire and smoke-free, your first priority should be to keep the remainder of your property protected. A post-disaster board up service is an essential step after a fire, as the plywood protects the remaining structure of your home, prevents environmental damage, and keeps burglars and animals from entering. Board up services will also save you money in the long run, as they help keep the damage from becoming more extensive. Our professional team will assess the damage that has occurred and what needs to be secured before boarding up your property.
Most people don’t think about where all the water goes once the firefighters leave after putting out the fire, but yes, it stays on your property and in your home. If you enter your home on your own, remember to check the ceiling, walls, and flooring, as they may be weakened by the fire or water damage. To start to remove water damage, use fans and open windows to increase the circulation of air in the home. However, if you have a great amount of water damage and it is warm and humid outside, it may be better to close the windows and use a dehumidifier.
If you would rather have help with cleanup from professionals, call Smith & Son’s for our emergency water restoration services. We remove the water from your home to examine the full extent of the damage. Then we start the estimation process and save the integrity of your structure from any further damage.
Remove Smoke, Soot, And Debris
After the water has been removed from your property and the area is dry, it is time to clean your house of smoke, soot, and any debris from the aftermath of the fire. Even if you only suffer from a small house fire, smoke will damage your items throughout the entire house. First, separate all nonporous object, things made of finished wood, metal, or glass. With a cleaning mixture of 1 ½ times the amount of Mr. Clean with Febreze and ⅓ cup of vinegar, you can remove smoke and soot from these items while neutralizing the smell. Then, wash all of your salvageable clothing at least twice with ½ cup of vinegar to remove the smell- some items take up to five washes to get completely clean. Cleaning couches and mattresses is a difficult task, but using a powerful vacuum cleaner is a good start for removing as from soot as possible. After cleaning, they should be left in a garage with the doors open to air out, and shouldn’t get wet.
Cleaning up after a fire is a lot of work, so if you need assistance, call us for our fire damage cleanup services. We use expert methods to remove smoke and soot by washing walls, ceilings, the roof, and any other affected surfaces. After this, we will clean all areas of your home affected by the fire and water, remove the lingering smoke odors, and continue the restoration process.
The Smith & Son’s Contracting Difference
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a tragic storm, fire, or disaster to your home, Smith & Son’s Contracting is available to guide you through the restoration process with a helping hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work with your insurance company on your behalf to ensure everything is handled smoothly and properly. Smith & Son’s Contracting is a licensed general contractor serving Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties including Pasadena, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Ellicott City, Columbia and surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our services, please call us at 410-360-5252 and for 24/7 Emergency Service at 410-245-5954. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, and check out our blog! We look forward to serving you.