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Ways To Clean Up Following a Home Fire

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Ways To Clean Up Following a Home Fire

After a fire in your Bloomington, MN home has been extinguished, the cleanup and restoration processes begin. Buildings and their contents may experience smoke damage, in addition to the damage from the water and chemicals used to extinguish the fire. Comprehensive cleanup is often a multi-step process.

Damage Assessment

To formulate a comprehensive remediation plan, determine the full extent of the damage. In addition to assessing burned areas, adjoining rooms or floors should be tested for lingering harm from smoke or soot that spread throughout the structure during the fire.

Short-Term Repairs

Depending on the scope of the fire, roofs, walls, windows and doors may need immediate repairs to secure the building and prevent further damage from the elements. Boarding up openings or placing tarps over weakened areas can preserve them so that long-term remediation can begin.

Water Removal

Water can create further damage if left standing. Mold and mildew can grow whenever water and oxygen is present. Immediate drying can limit water damage that can compound the expense and time for repairs.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Special equipment may be needed to repair smoke damage and remove soot. Types of soot and smoke cleaning may include:

Dry cleaning for light residues
Wet cleaning for heavy residues
Spraying and wiping
Foam cleaning for fabrics or upholstery
Abrasive cleaning
Immersion cleaning

Because acid from smoke and soot damage can seriously affect electronics, such as televisions and computers, avoid turning on electronic equipment until it has been examined.

Photographs and documents may also require special handling. Restoration alternatives can include air drying, dehumidifying, or different types freeze or vacuum drying.


The goal is to restore your Bloomington, MN home and its contents to its pre-fire condition. Full smoke damage restoration may involve both major or minor structural repairs, as well as specialized efforts to restore valued heirlooms, artwork, furniture, and other household belongings. Taking a well-planned approach when cleaning up after a fire can minimize loss and speed the road to full recovery. Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on fire damage.

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