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Steam Team: How to Properly Remove Smoke After Fire & Water Damage

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After a fire on your property, you’re going to want to take precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and your family. A fire can be a truly traumatic experience, so it’s important to take the necessary time to process, and heal, and think clearly. Also sometimes you have extensive water damage so taking immediate action action is necessary. 


First Things First


Once you’ve processed and you’re ready to take action, call your insurance company ASA! Inform them of the event and find out how they will want to proceed. Next, you’ll need to hire a fire-restoration company to help clean up and salvage your property. Since time is of the essence, restoration companies such as our restoration team here at Steam Team are available around the clock to get to work as fast as we can! We’ve covered some tips here on how to handle smoke damage after a fire. Before you do any of it, though, check with your restoration company first.


Ventilate Using Box Fans


Bring several box fans with you, and place them in all open windows to blow the air out of the room (instead of circulating it around your home).  You might need to double-check your window measurements beforehand, just in case they won’t fit. Once you’re all set, leave the fans running during all hours to ensure that you’re clearing out as much dust, dirt, debris and contamination as possible.    


Wear a Safety Mask


Don’t forget to purchase dust respirators (such as these by 3M) while you’re out getting box fans. They will guard you from breathing in contaminants at the scene.


Use the Appropriate Equipment


If you are going to tackle any vacuuming of furniture, carpet, or drapery yourself, use a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. Have several filters on hand and change them often.

A dry cleaning soot sponge helps remove loose soot contamination. Note that discoloration of porous materials is permanent. You can find these sponges online or at a hardware store.

Help! I Need A Restoration Company!

Water Damage Round Rock Texas

Water Damage Round Rock Texas

Water Damage Restoration Round Rock, Texas

Unfortunately, there isn’t any guarantee that water damage will be avoided in the future. Sure, preventive measures can be taken to decrease the risk, but water damage often occurs as a result of an accident.

The Importance of Proper Cleaning

We cannot stress enough how important it is that water damage is handled properly. It doesn’t take long for significant and extensive damage to happen from excess water - and, unfortunately, the longer the water sits, the worse the damage gets.


On the other hand, not only should it be handled properly, but it should also be done quickly - especially because of mold.


Mold grows and thrives in humid, moist, and warm climates (which typically describes the environment following water damage). The spores can multiply and spread faster than you could imagine - and are not easy to get rid of.

Hiring a Professional

Bringing in the right professional guarantees that the job will be taken care of effectively and efficiently. With their knowledge and expertise, going through the home and salvaging your belongings will seem infinitely times easier.

Fire Damage Restoration

In order to properly take care of fire damage, the professionals must be called immediately. From emergency services to a restoration company - you’ll need both to ensure the fire is extinguished and the structure is properly cleaned and restored.

Fire, Smoke, Water Damage

Generally speaking, in most cases, where there is fire damage - there’s likely to be smoke and water damage. With that in mind, it’s important to find a restoration company that specializes in handling both types of damage.


In order to extinguish a fire - no matter how large or how small - water is used at a high pressure. Water damage can cause serious problems to your home or business. Call 512-451-8326 today. 


So, next time you hear of someone struggling with damage to their home, give us a call (any hour of the day, any day of the week)!