Fire Damage Tips
FIre, Smoke and Water Damage Clean Up in Northern Virginia


After the fire is out and the smoke has cleared, call ServiceMaster of Centreville/Clifton in Sterling, Virginia to help with the cleanup and increase your chances of a complete recovery.

To help ensure a successful restoration, here are a few things you should and should not do after disaster strikes.

What to do:

  • Call ServiceMaster of Centreville/Clifton immediately. Corrosive byproducts from fire and smoke can cause etching that is irreversible in as few as 72 hours.
  • Air out your home by opening windows and doors to reduce the smoke odor.
  • To prevent permanent tarnishing or etching, clean any Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures.
  • If you use forced air, clean the air filter in your furnace.
  • To capture any loose soot in the air, cover important documents with damp cheesecloth.
  • Throw out any open food packages.
  • Turn off the electricity to your refrigerator, clean thoroughly and leave the doors propped open.

What not to do:

  • Don't touch anything like upholstery, walls and woodwork. Oil from your hands can permeate cloth and wood, causing additional damage.
  • Do not attempt to wash your walls. Cleaning incorrectly can compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstery yourself. Call a professional like ServiceMaster of Centreville/Clifton.
  • Do not use any electrical appliances until they have been checked thoroughly by a professional.
  •  If the ceiling is wet, do not use ceiling fixtures.

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