When dealing with the immediate aftermath of fire damage or water damage, your first concern should be your safety and the safety of those around you. When entering a home or business that has recently experienced water or fire damage, be extremely cautious and err on the side of a professional before entering any areas that could be hazardous.
When a tragedy strikes, we hope you’ll look to these tips to help handle the emergency.
- Mop and Blot
Remove any standing or excess water with a mop to avoid any further damage that can be caused including but not limited to mold damage and structural damage weakened by the heavy application of unwanted moisture.
- Remove Rugs and Expensive Items
Pick up and hang any rugs, especially colored rugs, that will hinder the drying process. Removing art from the walls and freestanding pieces of art and storing them in a safe place until the home or business can be cleaned will make sure that you minimize the cost associated with water damage.
- Turn on the Air Conditioner
If you have a air conditioning unit, or even box fans, as long as it is safe to use electricity, get them turned on to help keep the air moisture at a minimum and accelerate the drying process.
- Change your HVAC Filter
A key piece of your HVAC system is often forgotten in the early moments of an emergency. By replacing this filter, you not only reduce any strain on your HVAC system caused by a clogged filter filled with soot and smoke, but you also can improve the air quality at a much higher rate than if you left the HVAC filter untouched.
- Protect HVAC Ventilation
When you move around your home or business, you may kick up soot particles that haven’t found their way into your HVAC’s vents yet. Using at least two layers of cheesecloth to cover the vents can avoid a costly ventilation cleaning.
- Avoid Unnecessary Foot Traffic
When moving around the area, tiny particles of soot that are resting on top of carpets and upholstery can be pressed into the fabrics, complicating cleanup efforts. When moving around an affected area, make thoughtful steps and try putting down rugs and linens where heavy traffic is expected to avoid particles bonding with the underlying fabrics too much.
When dealing with fire damage and water damage, the minutes and hours after the disaster can save a homeowner or business owner thousands in the long run. Take advantage of these tips and contact your local restoration company to assist you in restoring your home or business back to normal.