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After the Blaze: How to Protect your Property from damage AFTER a Fire

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your home or business from further damage.

A fire is a truly destructive force of nature. With all the devastation a fire can cause while burning, it's easy to forget that your home or business may still be in danger after the fire is extinguished.

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your property from any residual dangers, and can often make the difference between restoration or full on replacement of your valuables. The first step is to contact a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North. However, there are other steps you can take to protect your home or business, such as:

  • Limiting the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot particles which may cause additional damage
  • Placing clean towels or used linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coating chrome fixtures, such as faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Placing aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Not washing any walls or painted surfaces
  • Not shampooing any carpet or upholstery
  • Not cleaning any electrical equipment
  • Not sending clothing to a dry cleaner (improper cleaning can set smoke odor)


At SERVPRO, we understand the need to get your life back to normal after a disaster, but before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage restoration and cleanup experts at SERVPRO Fort Lauderdale North to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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