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Smoke and fire damage can occur inside your house or business from many causes. Simple cooking accidents, burnt popcorn in the microwave, electrical fires, fireplace accidents, furnace puff backs, etc. all can cause smoke, soot, and odor to affect your property. Much of the materials found in furniture, flooring, and various other household items are synthetic and when burned, create a variety of complex chemical reactions. Once affected by the soot, smoke, and odor from a fire, after only a few days, household building materials and finishings can go from cleanable to nonsalvageable.

The professionals at ServiceMaster Clean are experts in understanding what to do and what not to do in a smoke loss situation. We know what equipment and techniques to employ to save as much as possible and restore your home or business with as little damage as possible and as soon as possible.

In a smoke/fire damage emergency, here are some helpful suggestions:





If the temperature is above 50 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.


Do not touch anything with your bare hands.  Oils from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork causing additional damage and staining.

If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave the doors open (make sure to have towels available for thawing freezer).


Do not wash the walls.  Incorrect cleaning can stain wall surfaces requiring repainting.

Throw away meats and open food items and medicines affected by the smoke.


Do not use electrical appliances until they have been checked and cleared for use.

Corrosive damage can occur quickly – CALL SERVICEMASTER.


Water used to extinguish the fire needs to be addressed as described in the water damage tab.


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