Our fire damage experts in Bethesda and surrounding Arlington areas handle the full spectrum of fire damages from seemingly inconsequential electrical burn outs or overcooking food that don’t leave visible damage, but still intensely smell, to small candle, fireplace, or stove top fires that leave a layer of soot that you can’t get out, to larger fires that have obviously destroyed your property.
The fire may be put out, but don’t wait to mitigate. Further damage can occur if you allow the soot to settle. Materials that burned can become trapped below a layer of soot, which leads to staining, etching, or corrosion. Call our certified and trained professionals to quickly assess your damage and promptly salvage your property in Bethesda, Reston, Manassas and Chantilly. We can help restore your peace of mind.
We are able to do it all—from packouts to tarping to securing your home or business.
Although the fire has been extinguished, the water has been shut off and a majority of the damages have been ceased, your valuable belongings may still be vulnerable to additional damages. We understand how important it is to protect your valuables after experiencing a disaster. With our packout services, we will safely pack, inventory and transport your belongings to a safe, secure and climate controlled warehouse. During the storage process, our certified technicians will clean, deodorize and restore your belongings to their proper condition.
Call our certified and trained professionals to quickly assess your damage and promptly salvage your property in Bethesda, Reston, Manassas and Chantilly. We can help restore your peace of mind.
- Call immediately and discuss any concerns that you may have about your home, commercial facility, or contents.
- Always wear new, clean disposable gloves if you choose to touch any contents or surfaces. Otherwise, oils transferred from your hands can set the soot, causing it to be more difficult to clean.
- Wear a fresh mask each time you enter to avoid inhaling loose soot.
- Discard any open food items that were located near the source of the fire or that may have been touched by smoke and soot.
- Cover traffic areas in carpeted rooms to prevent soot from deepening.
- Clean out the refrigerator and freezer immediately if electrical service is shut off so you don’t wind up with a rotten mess.
- To keep house plants alive, remove smoke residue from the leaves by gently wiping them down with a wet paper towel.
- Wash all dishes and cookwares. Place all items in the dishwasher if possible. Wash china, crystal and vases that are not for daily use as well to limit the risk of damage.
- Limit the spread of soot by shutting off the heating & cooling system, and avoiding the use of fans.
- Place damp cheesecloth over intake and outtake vents to keep soot from spreading to other spaces via the air ducts.
- Do not attempt to clean up soot yourself after a fire. Each type of soot causes different reactions with various surface materials, and a complete understanding of these complex reactions is essential for proper cleaning. Improper cleaning can actual increase the damage and render a surface unable to be fully restored.
- Do not touch any surfaces or contents that may have soot on them with bare hands.
- Do not eat any food or use personal hygiene items that may have been exposed to smoke.
- Do not turn on the electricity if there is a chance that the wiring was affected by the fire, and do not use electrical appliances that were in close proximity to the fire.
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