we work withall insurance companies
- Dedicated Project Manager
- Emergency Tarp and Board up Service
- Debris Removal and Disposal
- Content Pack Out and Inventory Service
- Content Cleaning and Deodorization
- Climate Controlled Content Storage
- Structure Cleaning and Deodorization
- Complete Reconstruction and Renovation Solutions
- Content Delivery Service
Fire & Smoke Damage DOs and DON'Ts
After a fire, it is natural to want to jump in and clean the building and contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect action can jeopardize or impede satisfactory restoration.
- Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets and other bright work by washing with detergent and applying a coating of Vaseline or vegetable oil.
- Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
- Open windows for ventilation if weather permits.
- Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off, and prop open doors with a rolled towel or newspaper to allow for air circulation.
- Remove pets to a clean environment if heavy fire residues are present.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave your system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
- Do not wipe or attempt to wash fire residues from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris.
- Do not use food items or canned foods exposed to heat.
- Do not turn on computers, TVs, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Smoke that contains harmful ash and soot can linger long after a house fire has been put out. Breathing in that smoke over time can cause respiratory problems. In addition to that, carbon monoxide is often present following a fire and smoke damage. This colorless, odorless gas can be deadly when inhaled.
It's of utmost importance to have this damage professionally cleaned since most surface-level solutions will not fully remove the problem from your walls or belongings. Get in touch with the professionals at NorthStar Restoration Services if you've experienced a fire and are noticing signs of remaining smoke damage.
Moving out during the fire damage restoration process largely depends on the size and severity of the fire.
Generally, it will not be safe to stay in your home or business after a large fire due to smoke inhalation and potential structural damage. If the fire was contained to a small portion of the building, you may be able to stay if the affected rooms can be blocked off. Once our experienced restoration professionals arrive at your property, we'll work with you to assess the damage and decide on the best course of action.
The best and most critical thing to do after experiencing a fire is to contact a professional restoration company to help return your space back to normal. Many parts of the fire restoration process can be complicated, such as figuring out what belongings can be saved and what needs to be thrown away. Our experienced restoration professionals can help you make those decisions with resounding confidence.
In the meantime, you are able to start the process by taking detailed account of the damage. If it's possible, move unharmed items away from the damaged area. Make sure to take safety precautions such as wearing rubber gloves and a face mask. Do not go near the area at all if there is a heavy smell of smoke.
Proudly Serving Central Wisconsin
Proudly providing disaster restoration and cleaning services to Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Shawano, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca, Wood and Counties.
- Marathon City
- Rib Mountain
- Stevens Point
- Wisconsin Rapids
- and every small town in between!