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How to Take The Heat of Fire Damage

The majority of people whose homes catch on fire want to re enter their home and clean it up as quickly as possible. However, they do not need to do that until the fire department says it is okay to do so. The initial step of cleaning a home up after a fire that needs to be done is to get rid of all debris and items that cannot be saved. All furniture should be outside of the house so it can dry off as much as possible. Mold, mildew, and other microorganisms can start growing in the deep fibers of these items within twenty-four to forty-eight hours if they are not dried out properly. Also, as much ventilation and air circulation needs to be made in the home as possible. Fans that circulate air and open windows will make it possible for the stagnant air to leave the house. The air will also help dry up any water or fire retardant that is left in the house. Next, all draperies, clothing, window treatments, and linens need to be taken out of the home.

The next step is to get rid of the water in the carpets with a water-extracting machine. Since mold spores can grow in a home, it is very important to get as much water out of the carpet and padding as possible. If it has been more than forty-eight hours since the fire, the carpet and padding needs to be thrown away. Then cleaners that are made specifically for breaking up bonded smoke odors and they need to be put on the floors as soon as possible. After this is complete, all of the surfaces need to be washed. This includes dishes, appliances, collectible items, and anything else that the people want to save from the fire. A mixture of one cup of hot water and one cup of vinegar can kill smoke odors and is also a natural mold killer. The final step is to get rid of all materials in the home that need to be replaced. This includes: drywall, flooring, windows, doors, and other areas of the home that cannot be saved after a fire. Be sure that these items are disposed in accordance with the city’s zoning ordinances.