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How to Limit Soot Damage After a Fire in Your Minoqua, WI, Home

March 24th, 2016 · No Comments

If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer from a fire in your home, it’s hard to know what to do and where to start after the smoke has cleared. Taking action quickly is the key to limiting the level of soot and smoke damage to your Minoqua, WI, home. While soot removal is best left to the professionals, there are a few key things you can do to prevent further damage after the flames have settled.

Protect yourself

After the scene has been declared safe by the fire marshal, you may want to venture into the house. Soot particulates contain dangerous chemicals that can cause respiratory diseases, and they are easily inhaled. Make sure to protect yourself from the corrosive material by wearing a mask and covering your skin.

Lay down clean towels

Place clean towels or linens on high traffic carpeted areas, upholstery, and rugs. This will give you a path to walk on, preventing you from tracking in dirt and preventing more soot from settling on these sensitive items.

Keep your hands clean

Touching items in your home such as upholstery can cause the oils from your hands to transfer to the material, worsening the soot damage. You should always keep your hands clean and wear gloves to prevent this.

Place cheesecloth over the air vents

Soot can easily travel through air vents to unaffected parts of your home. To prevent this, tape cheesecloth over the air vents to prevent soot from contaminating the rest of your house.

Limit movement

Don’t spend more time around the affected area than necessary. You can easily track the clingy soot to unaffected areas, furthering the damage.

Change the HVAC filter

Soot particles in the air can damage or destroy HVAC systems. After you cover the vents with cheesecloth, make sure you change the HVAC filter once a day for at least a week after the fire. This will prevent further damage to your ventilation system.

Call the professionals

Soot removal is best left to the professionals. Trying to clean up soot and smoke damage often causes more harm than good. Let the IIRCcertified professionals at ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services remove soot, smoke, and other fire damage from your Minoqua, WI, home so you can start getting your life back to normal. We hope you never need us, but if you do, call our 24-hour emergency line at 1.877.463.7948.

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