Many people don’t know that fire damage to a home or business in the Tampa Bay area is technically classified as a biohazard. There are numerous residual chemical compounds that are left behind after a fire that are dangerous to be around.
Fire Damage Checklist:
FEMA recently came out with a checklist on what to do after a fire in your building, feel free to download the pdf and print it out for step by step instructions on how to handle the beginning stages of recovering after a fire damage incident. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf
Do not enter a damaged home or apartment unless the fire department says it is safe to go in! Fires can start again even if they appear to be out.
Watch for damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and could fall down. The fire department will make sure that the utility services (water, electricity, and gas) are safe to use. If they are not safe, firefighters will disconnect them before they leave the site. Do not try to turn them back on yourself.
Soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Do not eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been near the fire’s flames, smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out.
Cleanup Is Hardly a DIY Job:
Even a very small appliance fire addressed quickly, can spread smoke to almost every room of the home. That’s why smoke and soot cleanup are hardly a DIY project, as many areas are not easy to restore – even for the handiest, most seasoned homeowner. Cleanup for smoke damage requires professional cleaning equipment and techniques to ensure that nothing is excluded. Trying to clean smoke and soot on your own, may result in more destruction and loss of valuables. In addition, DYIers tend to overlook areas such as air ducts and vents.
When smoke gets into your ducts and vents, the tiny smoke particles tend to find their way into your HVAC system may linger there for months, undetected. Breathing these particles in is a health detriment and can lead to irritation in your lungs and possible scarring of the alveoli.
Dririte of Hillsborough County knows how to address these problem areas, with a proper cleaning treatment and a professionals to inspect your HVAC system after any fire.
On Call 24 Hours:
Dririte of Hillsborough County is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have a fire or need emergency soot or smoke cleanup service, call us and we’ll be there within the hour. We serve all of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties including Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton and many more. See our service area page for more details on response times and locations: http://www.driritetampa.com/service-area/