Loudoun and Fairfax Fire Restoration Services
If you’re home has caught on fire in Loudoun or Fairfax county, most likely it’s not livable, and if that’s the case our company can help restore you home from a fire accident back to its original state. Our quick response team will make sure that your home looks newer than it was before the fire cause the damage to it. Accidents happen You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts or creating further damage. Contact your insurance agency immediately once the fire is out. He or she can provide advice on restoration or replacement of damaged items. Our company restorers can provide you with strategies to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished, and provide estimates and services for thoroughly cleaning and deodorizing your home.
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Preventing Further Damage is our priorty, but you must follow directions from the specialist. Be sure you have permission from your fire marshal to safely re-enter your home before doing so.
The first step is to get the air moving. Open windows to ventilate areas. Install a fan to circulate air. Note: if there has been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier. In cold weather, your heating system is operating and the cold air will usually help remove the moisture. In this case, change your furnace filter daily until it shows no soot.
Dry wet items as soon as possible. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry carpets and draperies. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and
Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs. Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
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Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.
Removing Soot from Household Textiles Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other household textiles. For this reason you must remove it before you attempt to clean or deodorize items.
If possible, hire a professional restorer to remove soot with a heavy-duty vacuum.
Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning. Mid Atlantic Construction & Technology will take care of all the minor details.
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Keep in mind that most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. In addition, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.
If you are unable to have clothing or similar textiles professionally treated, try one of the following methods:
1 Dissolve one cup of dishwashing detergent—the type used in an automatic dishwasher—in one gallon of warm water. Completely submerge the items and let them soak all night in your washing machine or bathtub. Drain and launder as usual the next day. 1 For items that can be bleached, mix 4 to 6 tablespoons trisodium phosphate (available from your hardware store) with 1 cup Lysol or household chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water. Add clothes, rinse with clear water and dry.
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Cleaning Furnishings and Clothing After deodorizing, it’s time to clean household textiles. Take non- washable clothing and draperies to a dry cleaner for traditional dry cleaning or a special cleaning process.
Wash regular clothing in warm water with a liquid detergent. Several launderings may be needed.
Have carpets cleaned twice—both before and after repairs. Wet carpets must be dried before cleaning. In some cases, removal of carpet is necessary for complete drying and to save the wood floor beneath.
You should contact us especially about a process known as “thermal fogging.” This warm chemical fog penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralizing the smoke odor as it goes.
Consult us about smoke removal from ducts. Consider replacement of attic insulation. Insulation may retain odors.
Our restoration division will help you with whatever needs you may have.