Tips for Handling Smoke Damage

Tips for Handling Smoke Damage

Seeing firefighters extinguish the flames may be a sign of relief. However, the extent of the fire damage doesn’t stop there. When something burns, it produces smoke, and smoke is a difficult substance to get rid of. Even though you can’t see it, its scent and particles can still linger on the property. If it isn’t completely removed, overexposure can cause several health problems, such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Incessant coughing
  • Irritation of the skin, eyes, and nose
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Chemical asphyxiation

Eliminating smoke is crucial if you want to return to normal living conditions. However, using common cleaning methods won’t do. Most of it needs to be handled by a professional restoration company, but there are several things you can do to minimize smoke while waiting for their arrival. To ensure that you’re successful, here are the things you need to do:

Wear the Necessary Safety Gear

Before you start cleaning, you have to wear the proper safety gear first. The presence of smoke is still at large, so it’s best to cover up to avoid inhaling or ingesting it. You’ll want to wear the following in order to clean safely:

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Facemask
  • Respirator (if readily available)

Clean Up Thoroughly

Deal with the Odor

Once you’re geared up, clean up as soon as possible. You only have a short window before the smoke gets caught in your HVAC and other valuables, so use your time efficiently. Start by opening your windows and switching on the fans since ventilating your home will remove most of the smoke. You can move on to the rest, afterwards:

  • Attach a cleaner nozzle on your vacuum and clean up all the soot stains. Using an upright vacuum isn’t recommended as it grinds the soot into the surface.
  • The air conditioner’s filter has been exposed to a great deal of smoke and soot, so change it before you turn on the unit.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect your electrical devices and appliances. It’s also recommended to test them to ensure that they’re running smoothly.
  • Throw any perishable food that may have been exposed to smoke.

Deal with the Odor

If the scent of smoke still persists, it can be dealt with by placing a bowl of baking soda in the affected rooms. You can sprinkle some over furniture, as well. You can also deodorize the floors, ceiling, walls, and other items with white vinegar. Simply dip a clean rag into the vinegar and wipe the smoke smelling areas.

Following these tips will prevent smoke damage from accumulating, but they’re not the universal solution. Their results are only temporary, so if you want to handle the situation properly, contact your local restoration team right after the firefighters are done extinguishing the flames.

Looking for a restoration company that can deal with the smoke damage? Contact WOW Total Restoration pronto. We provide reliable and complete fire damage restoration services to properties in Austin, Texas. Our fully licensed and certified technicians work fast, so you can return to normal living conditions much sooner. When you need our help, give us a call at 512-233-6964 and we’ll send our restoration team to your location pronto.

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