After you have had a fire in your home, once the fire has been stopped, it is time for the clean-up process to begin. It is best to hire a professional company to help you with the process as cleaning up smoke and water damage is detailed process. Here are the first things that you need to do after your home is damaged by smoke and fire.
Get Permission to Reenter Your Home
Just because you own your home doesn't mean that you are free to enter it after a fire. Even if you think that your home still looks like it is in really good shape, there could be damage to the home that you can't see that makes your home unsafe to enter.
The fire marshal should inspect your home before you try to enter your home again. The fire marshal will let you know if you are allowed back in the home. They will let you know if it is safe to enter your home or what actions you will need to take before your home is safe to enter again.
Always get the all-clear from the fire department before you reenter your home.
Let Air Circulate
When you reenter your home, the first thing that you want to do is get air circulating. Fresh air is necessary in order to remove the smoke reside and odor from your home. Even though the fire is not still active, there is still soot in the air.
Open up all the windows in your home to get the air circulating. Once the electrical system has been inspected by a professional, plug in a dehumidifier and turn on your furnace. Keep running your furnace until your filter's furnace is soot-free. Your furnace will help filter and remove soot from the air.
Dry Things Off
Before you deal with the smoke damage, you need to deal with the water damage. Set up fans to circulate air and to help dry things off in your home. Use a wet/dry vacuum if there is visible sitting water in your home. Pull up your carpets and use swamp fans to dry out the mats and under boards underneath your carpet. Talk to a water damage restoration company for additional help.
Once you clear the air and get rid of the moisture, you can start to clean up from the smoke damage. Keep your home well-ventilated during this process, and wear safety goggles, gloves, and a mask to protect yourself from the soot and chemicals that the fire left behind.