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Fire, Smoke & Water Damage

After fire damage it is natural to want to jump right in and clean the building and contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect action can jeopardize or impede satisfactory restoration. With Home Insurance Coverage you can have a peace of mind knowing that help is on the way but in the meantime below are helpful tips you can do on your own


  • Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets and other brightwork by washing with detergent and applying a coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
  • Open windows for ventilation if weather permits.
  • Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off, and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow air circulation.
  • Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, tanks, sink and tub drains to prevent freeze damage if heat is off in winter.
  • Call a plumber to drain and blow out all water lines if heat is off in winter.
  • Remove pets to a clean environment if heavy fire residues are present.
  • Send a sample group of garments for cleaning and deodorization in order to observe the results.
  • Retain a contractor to board up open windows, roofs, or other penetrations in order to prevent additional damage.

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do not…

  • Do not wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
  • Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
  • Do not use food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
  • Do not turn on computers, TVs, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.

Contributed by ASCR International and the National Institute of Disaster Restoration.