Fires inside the home happen every day in the United States. In fact, fire departments respond to over 350,000 home structure fires every year. While these fires vary in size and magnitude, they all leave behind the same unwanted mess and fire damage cleanup.
No matter how bad the fire is, you’re going to need a professional to fully restore your home back to its original state. Of course, there are things you can do in the meantime to ensure you and your family are safe — especially since smoke can linger in the area and deplete the quality of air you’re breathing in.
Since no one wants to live with the smell of a fire, we’re going to discuss some of the steps you can take to manage the situation and remove that unpleasant smell of smoke from the home.
Let’s get started!
1. Ventilate the Area
The first step is making sure all the smoke has a way of getting out of the house, otherwise it’ll continue to linger for as long as it can. If there are any windows in the area, you’ll definitely want to open them immediately and keep them open. Fans are also great tools for directing airflow.
If you need to air out your entire home, the best way to do so is by opening your front door and placing a fan outside so that it’s blowing fresh air into the home. Make sure all other windows and exterior doors are closed, except for one — this will be your target area.
Place another fan in the corner of the room you want to air out and make sure it’s facing the one open window. The idea here is to have the fan in the front door pushing in fresh air while you push out the bad air through the window.
2. Clean the Area
When smoke and the smell of smoke linger in an area, it leaves tiny particles all throughout your home. These particles cling on to just about any surface you can think of, so it’s best to clean the surfaces now that you’ve successfully aired the area out.
In terms of smell, nothing enhances the odor of smoke and ash like fabric. Make sure you wipe down all your furniture and run your drapes, curtains, blankets, etc. through the wash. You can also use hot water and vinegar to clean your windows, window panes, screens, and frames.
Using that same solution, unless you want to add some soap, you can start to clean all the solid surfaces throughout the home. This includes tables, desks, bookshelves, counters, and chairs.
Don’t forget the walls, ceilings, and floor, which can also trap ash particles and contribute to the foul smell. Carpets should get a special bath with a shampooer or cleaner. These combine water and a soap/chemical solution to clean your carpets diligently.
Believe it or not, your HVAC system is also going to need a cleaning. You should definitely change your filters immediately, but consider a professional duct cleaning service if you need to get deep in those ducts.
3. Restore the Area
Now that the smell is starting to leave your home, you might still run into some issues with the paint on your walls. Since this can trap particles that a normal wash can’t get, you might want to consider adding a new coat of paint onto your walls and ceilings.
They also provide primers that go on before the fresh coat of paint. These primers are designed to lock in odors and seal the surface, allowing you to properly restore the wall back to its original state.
There will also be a lot more damage you’ll have to inspect and repair. That’s why it’s important to call the best fire damage restoration in Sarasota and the surrounding area has to offer!
4. Call a Professional
If the problem is too big for you to handle all by yourself, don’t panic and don’t get frustrated. Instead, call your trusted professionals at DriRite. We take great pride in cleaning up even the worst fire damage Tampa residents face annually.
When you need the best fire restoration Tampa has to offer, contact us today. We stand ready to serve our Florida residents and send someone out immediately to ensure the problem doesn’t get any worse than it already is.
We understand how frustrating of a time this is for you and your family, but we’ll stand by your side until your home is back to its original state. We also provide the best air quality testing Tampa FL has to offer, so we can make sure your home is safe before re-entering.