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Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts

Putting out your fire until help arrives

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

If your Charlotte home is impacted by a fire, smoke, or soot here are some tips and do's and don'ts until help arrives...

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.

What you can do until help arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage form occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery. 
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave 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.


  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

Fire and Smoke Damage

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire events happen, we can help you take control, and get your home back, making it "Like it never even happened."

Fires can cause more damage than people think. Water damage, smoke, and odor are other things that people do not think of right away. 

Fire and Smoke 

Fires cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time and luckily for you we know exactly what has to be done to bring your home back to preloss conditions and get your life back on track.

When we first arrive on scene we will have to do a careful walk through to assess the damages and check for safety concerns to make sure our technicians will not be put in harm's way while completing the work. 

Smoke damage is something we can handle when it comes to cleaning savable items, it's a very tedious process but we are more than happy to do that work if it means we can save something of value to you and the item has not been damaged by the fire. 


One thing people do not think about right away is water damage, when the fire department or fire sprinklers go off water is flooded into the area and your walls, floors, carpets, etc will soak that water up or there will be standing water. We are able to help dry out the area and get rid of water affected areas that cannot be saved or dried, if that is not taken care of in a certain amount of time mold can begin to grow and that would open up another can of worms a homeowner would not want to deal with after having to deal with a fire.