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Leave Fire Damage Restoration to the Pros

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Fire Damage: Trust the Experts 
Even after a fire is out, the damage to a home and its contents continues. Much of the material found in furniture and flooring is synthetic and, when burned, can result in complex chemical reactions. In just a few days, those items can go from cleanable to unsalvageable.

The professionals of ServiceMaster DCS are experts at understanding the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and salvage belongings. We can remove soot from at-risk items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile and porcelain, as well as in fabrics such as upholstery and carpets, thus helping to avoid additional expenses.

The ServiceMaster Restore fire and smoke restoration process includes:

  1. Emergency pre-cleaning
  2. Content cleaning
  3. Content packout
  4. Wall and ceiling cleaning
  5. Deodorization

Act Fast After Fire Damage 
When a fire damages your property, contact ServiceMaster DCS as soon as the fire department gives the all-clear to return to the building. You can help minimize additional damage and costs by following this advice:

  • Do not attempt to wash any papered or flat painted walls without consulting a professional cleaner. Incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Again, incorrect procedures could increase damage.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that have been close to fire or water before having them checked. They could malfunction.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. A short circuit could result.
  • Do not touch anything. Soot on your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing further damage.

The Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage 
When fire unexpectedly damages your home, the first steps you take could mean the difference between a small clean-up and a more severe and costly problem.

Before ServiceMaster DCS arrives on the scene, follow these steps to help keep the damage to a minimum.


  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the building to reduce smoke odor.
  • Coat formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures with vegetable oil to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
  • Change the air filter on the furnace if it uses forced hot air.
  • Tape damp cheesecloth over returns and supply registers to capture loose soot in the air.


  • Do not touch anything with bare hands. Oil from hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
  • Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not use electrical appliances.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.

Leave Fire Damage Restoration to the Pros 
If you experience fire damage, you may be tempted to handle the problem yourself, but don't. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC recommends always seeking professional help after fire damage.

What happens once the fire is out?
Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, can cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem. There are many companies that claim to restore areas affected by fire, but only those with proper training and certification should be considered. 

Why does a fast response matter?
Professionals must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days, the ash will cause walls and upholstery to discolor permanently. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.

Is professional help expensive?
Fire damage is one clean-up project that is best left to the professionals. The complexities of synthetic materials combined with the high heat of a fire, smoke and ash create a volatile environment where further damage can occur if clean-up is handled improperly. Potentially, metals may need to be replaced, carpet permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched, which will require replacement. Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause. The costs of using a professional restoration company may be far less than the skyrocketing costs of improperly handled clean-up.

This restoration process is very detailed, and it should only be trusted to professional restoration experts like those at ServiceMaster DCS.

If you experience fire damage, contact us at ServiceMaster DCS. We are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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