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5 DIY Fire Damage Restoration Tips
24 Nov 2015

5 DIY Fire Damage Restoration Tips

1. What NOT to do in the Wake of a Fire.

Courtesy of Servpro:


  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

2. Check for Breaches in the Structure of the House.

Once you are allowed back into the house,the first thing to do is see if you have any breaches in the structure. A breach is an area where a section of the roof or a wall is missing, exposing the interior of the home to the elements.

Structural breaches caused by fires need to be sealed, because problems may arise if they aren’t. Breaches can cause secondary fires, where a breeze can fan an ember into flaring up, and they can also contribute to the growth of mould and mildew, particularly if the house is in a rainy or humid area.

To combat a breach until it can be repaired, cover it with a tarpaulin. The best tarpaulins for this are made of strong material and are well-secured to keep out the elements.

3. Take Steps to Remove the Water.

Water used in the fighting of fire often causes the majority of damage, oddly enough – firemen working to save your property will pump hundreds or thousands of gallons of water onto your home to extinguish the blaze. The heat of flames will evaporate some of that water, but a lot of it will pool on the ground, and mix with any melted material, any soot that has appeared, and just generally cause a mess.

To combat the water, you will need two basic pieces of equipment. The first is a water pump with hoses which can move large amounts of water, and the second is a press extractor, which presses down on carpets and rugs and then sucks up any water that is pushed out.

4. Remove the Soot that has Built Up.

Soot is the black substance left by the smoke from a fire. It can be difficult to clean because there is generally a lot of plastic material in the modern household, which gives the soot an oily, clingy base.

To clean soot usually requires a specific cleaning agent, such as trisodium phosphate, a degreaser. Use it, sponges and buckets to clean the soot.

5. Categorize the Damage.

With the water removed from your property, you can finally get on with categorizing the damage caused by the fire.

Be strict and careful with yourself when surveying damage – can it be salvaged? Take note of the safety precautions above when it comes to food.

Start small and cheap – are books and DVDs truly salvageable? Clean them, keep them or throw them away, and move on.

Move onto furniture and soft furnishings such as curtains – if it is visibly burned, replace it. Sadly, due to the water used to curb the fire, most carpets and floorings may have to be replaced. Again, clean, catalogue, keep\throw away.

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