IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND SB RESTORATION SERVICES BEFORE ANY CLEANUP OR REPAIRS. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT OR SB RESTORATION SERVICES TO DETERMINE WHAT SAFETY HAZARDS ARE PRESENT IN YOUR SITUATION
SOOT CAN BE TOXIC: PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY LEAD TO LUNG AND SKIN CANCERS
- The water that puts out the flames can be as damaging as the fire.
- Not properly treating mold by a professional can render a home uninhabitable due to bacteria growth.
- SB Restoration strongly recommends professionally cleaning items within 24-hours to avoid irreversible damage.
Understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. Depending upon the materials burned, soot can be toxic. Ash produced after a fire can irritate your skin, your eyes, and if inhaled, can cause respiratory damage.
24-HOURS IS THE CRITICAL TURNING POINT FOR RESTORATION
WHEN SAFE, RESCUE VALUABLES AND COLLECTIBLES
- Contact your insurance company to inform them of the fire to start the insurance claim process.
- Protect your property from vandalism and damage from the weather elements - contact SB Restoration Services for inventory documentation with photo identification, and secure structure board up.
Separate into three categories and begin the restoration process:
- Undamaged in good condition that can be stored.
- Damaged items that can be restored (begin to dry and clean).
- Unsavable items that need to be discarded.
- Remove brass and copper (immediately clean to avoid etching).
- Remove firearms (immediately dry and oil to avoid rust and pitting).
- Remove standing water with a wet dry vacuum and set up fans to get the air moving.
- Dry wet items (clothing, area rugs, paperwork, photos, etc.) quickly to prevent mold and mildew.
- Place aluminum foil under furniture legs. Remove wet rugs and carpet.
- Rescue and secure: driver's licenses, financial records, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, medical records, titles, deed and mortgage documents, tax information, credit cards, blank checks, cash, jewelry, etc.
- Collect eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, dentures, prosthetic devices, etc.