Cleaning up after a house fire?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by moonwolf, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    Have any of you took on cleaning up after a major house fire? The roof basically burned and there will be major repair and restoration with removal of floors and inside walls down to the frame. Basement has a cistern and with the wet conditions will need serious cleaning and disinfecting.

    How did you cope and manage to do a major clean up and restoration if you did it yourself? I suppose it would be the same for someone if they had a flood also. What are the best chemicals or products to help with cleanup of such a major task?
  2. PonderosaQ

    PonderosaQ Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jan 12, 2004
    SW VA
    My house fire was now over 20 yrs ago so I can't remember brand names of products etc but I can tell you how we got the info. We called out co's that offered cleaning and restoration service, debris removal etc. We told them we were looking for bids. They all told us what products they used and why. We enquired about techniques etc etc. Got all the info we needed. If you find you can't buy the products they use over the counter or on line someone may be willing to sell you some ( to make a profit) when you explain that you have realised you can't afford to have the work done. Hope this helps. Good luck to you. Our repairs went fine and we had no lingering odors.


  3. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2005
    Sorry to hear about your fire! Not fun. To get rid of the odor, you may want to rent or purchase an ozone generator. They really do work

    I don't know any of these companies personally - the links are for informational purposes only.

    You don't want to be in the house when you do this - set the machine on its highest setting and go away for an overnight trip. Plan to air out the house for several hours once you get back.
  4. whiterock

    whiterock Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 26, 2003
    South of DFW,TX zone 8a
    Mine was a total loss. Clean up with a front end loader.