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How to Clean a House After a Fire

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When you experience a fire at your home or business, it can feel overwhelming whether it is a small or large-scale fire. It can be difficult to know what the first steps are to take after the fire trucks finish and the fire marshal releases the scene. Here are a few things you can do to clean your house after a fire. 

 

Cleaning Materials and Protective Equipment

Before you enter the home or business, purchase heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, a safety mask, and heavy-soled shoes. Wear these with thick socks, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. This protects you from soot and the caustic substances used for cleaning up the aftereffects of a fire.

 

For cleaning, you will need Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP), a caustic substance, but the best cleaning agent for soot. You will also need a drop cloth for protecting flooring from further damage.

Laundry detergent, chlorine bleach, vanilla extract, and cleaning rags complete the list of items you will need to clean.

 

Sorting What You Can Salvage

Put on all of your protective gear before you enter your home or business. Start in the rear-most damaged rooms and sort through the items to determine which you might salvage and which you just have to throw away. Bag up the items that you could not salvage in heavy-duty garbage bags. Organize the items you could clean and keep separate.

 

Once you finish a room, take the garbage bags outside. Do this room by room so you clear the area completely for cleaning. Re-enter the room and box up the items you will take with you to clean. Remove them to your trunk or truck bed. You may need to rent a truck for a large number of items.

Move to the second room and repeat the sorting process. Work your way through the damaged home from back to front, emptying the room of the garbage bags as you complete each. Box the contents you will keep and take them to the truck.

 

Cleaning What Remains

Mix your TSP cleaner. Add four to six tablespoons of TSP to a gallon of warm water and one cup of chlorine bleach. Never remove your mask when using this cleaning mixture. It is not safe to breathe. If you get any on your skin, immediately rinse it off with cold water.

 

Cover the floor of the room you want to clean with the tarp. Clean the walls first beginning at the lower sections to prevent streaking. Work your way up to the ceiling, cleaning it last. Remove the tarp from the floor and clean the floor. Continue this process to clean each room. Allow all of the rooms to dry completely before attempting to re-paint. Take your boxes of clothing to the laundry.

 

Wash each load in laundry detergent plus a tablespoon of vanilla extract for the items that cannot get washed in bleach. Wash your white loads in bleach combined with one tablespoon of vanilla extract. Transport these cleaned items packed separately from those you still have to clean. You can clean those items in the bathtub where you are staying using mild detergent and four to six tablespoons to a gallon of warm water.

 

If this all sounds overwhelming, your best bet is to call the experts. At RainFire Restoration we help you recover from the accidents of everyday living. We provide water, fire, smoke and mold remediation services. Our team is trained, experienced, and certified to handle any job. We guarantee satisfaction and provide excellent customer service on all our projects. Call us today at (385)-366-7246.

5 Things To Do Immediately When Your Basement Floods

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You walk down to your basement expecting to see nothing abnormal but instead, you are met with water. Your basement has flooded! Flooding can leave any homeowner feeling overwhelmed and helpless but it’s not something you need to worry about if you take the right steps and call in the experts. Here are the 5 most essential things to do immediately after discovering your basement floods.

 

1. Turn off Electrical

It’s important that you turn off your electricity and gas before walking into the flooded area. It can be dangerous to enter the water while these are still on. If you are unsure how to do this you will want to call a professional before entering the flooded area. 

 

2. Determine the Source of the Flooding 

Next, you’ll want to figure out where the flooding is coming from. Once you identify the source, you’ll be able to shut it off to prevent future flooding. Flooding can occur from rain, burst pipes, and a variety of other sources. You may be tempted to start cleaning up immediately but you’ll want to do this first so you can prevent future damage.

3. Get Water Out When Your Basement Floods

The next most important thing to do is get the water out. This can be done in a variety of ways. You may choose to use a pump such as a pool pump or you may to use a traditional mop and bucket. The tools needed to remove water will depend on the severity of the flooding. 

4. Prevent Mold 

The worst result of flooding is mold so you’ll want to work to prevent mold right away. This can be done more easily in spaces with tile or hard surfaces by spraying the area with warm water and bleach. However, the only thing that can be done to prevent mold in carpet is to dry the area as fast as possible. You will want to set up fans blowing on the affected area and open windows and doors to increase ventilation.

5. Call the Professionals 

After you take care of these immediate essential steps, you’ll want to call the professionals. Professionals know how critical when your basement floods and how to restore your flooded area so that people will never be able to tell it was previously flooded. 

 

We Are Here For You When Your Basement Floods

 

Rain Fire Restoration offers flood restoration services. Our team is trained, experienced, and certified to handle any job. We guarantee satisfaction and provide excellent customer service on all our projects. We’re here to help you feel empowered as a homeowner and feel at home in your house again. Call us today at (385) 336-7246 to get a free quote

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Utah Flood and Fire Damage: 5 Ways to Recover From a Disaster

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Disasters have a way of striking unexpectedly like flood and fire damage. The simple truth is that much of the time there is no way to predict with water or fire will damage your home, which is why it’s excellent to have a reliable Utah flood and fire remediation service in your local area.

1. Certified and Quick Remediation

Having a certified and speeding remediation service is important for two reasons. First, a certified team is well-trained in making the repairs you need, which means having your repairs done correctly the first time. A quick team also means you’ll be able to return to your home sooner.

 

2. Repair and Restore

A skilled team knows how to repair and restore. Although your home may be damaged by flooding or fire, there is sometimes part of the original architecture that can be restored to good-as-new condition.

 

3. Smoke Odor Removal

A fire has a habit of leaving the scent of smoke behind, but skilled teams know how to remove smoke odor from the wood and insulation of your home.

 

4. Identifying and Removing Mold

Flooding inevitably creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. However, expert eyes know how to identify multiple types of mold and remove that mold from your home permanently.

 

5. Treat Water Damage

Water damage, such as warped wood or water-logged sub-floors, needs to be removed before repairs can begin, which is why expert teams with specialized equipment will find, treat, and remove water damage.

Damage caused by flood and fire can be difficult to overcome: unless you’re using the right remediation company. Contact RainFire Restoration  to learn more about Utah flood and fire damage – and rest assured your disaster can be repaired.