Clean-Out Tips After A Fire Or Natural Disaster

LaPointe Construction Board Up Service has been serving Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire families who need emergency response board up service or fire and water damage restoration for several years. One of the most devastating times for families is when fires or natural disasters occur. Time is always an issue to restoration, so here are a few things you can when cleaning out furniture, appliances, and household possessions.

  1. Rent A Dumpster

If you find that you have a lot of damage to discard, it will be helpful to call a local dumpster rental company since you can clean out your home and get it removed quickly.

  1. Buy Safety Gear

While you will naturally think of the property as your home, it is now a construction site which means you or guests need to wear hard hats when anyone enters. As there may be bacteria from flood water, you will also need to wear rubber gloves, water-resistant boots, and goggles. Air quality is also an issue so do not forget to buy high-grade face masks.

  1. Remove Heavy Soiled Items First

You will need to remove the household items first which means you will need to ask friends to help. Make sure that two or more people lift the heavy objects that are more than fifty pounds. Also, remove carpets, linoleum, or insulation that is damaged or soiled.

  1. Open Windows And Use Fans To Air Out The Home

If you have standing water, you will need to dry out the home after the large furniture has been removed. You should open doors and windows and use fans to naturally air-dry. There is a high likelihood that you will have mold if not cleaned within 24 to 48 hours.

  1. Be Proactive To Prevent Mold And Mildew

If you choose to clean out your home, bleach and soap will kill mold although you may miss hard-to-reach areas like HVAC. This is a critical step which requires you to clean every inch of your home. We strongly advise you to use the services of a restoration company as you will have access to quality-grade technology and sterilization techniques.

  1. Disinfect All Possessions You Intend To Keep

You will find that many things can be salvaged. Before using anything, wash all possession in a washer. You will also need to watch items like toys or collectibles as germs will thrive after a natural disaster or fire. Discard anything that you cannot clean.

  1. Call Local Agencies That There Are Safety Concerns

If you are unsure how to proceed on your own, you can visit the Red Cross for additional information. The CDC has a lot of data on Food, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene that will be of help. If you lack experience with clean-outs, it is important to research thoroughly.

A clean-out service is often covered in your home insurance policy after a fire or natural disaster, so you should take advantage of the technology and expertise we offer to get it done right. Call us at  (978) 447-5991 or visit us on Facebook where you will learn more clean-out tips.