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How to Clean Your Attic After a Fire

Attic fires are a surprisingly common occurrence, even beyond states known for higher attic fire risks like California, Oregon, and Washington. In fact, according to FEMA, there are approximately 10,000 attic fires each year in the United States alone. Of these attic fires, electrical issues and nature make up 43% and 16%, respectively.

But no matter what the cause of an attic fire is, the situation can be traumatic, as can the clean-up after. If you’ve experienced a fire in your attic, it’s important to know the steps to take to clean your attic properly. 

Properly cleaning after a fire will ensure your home is safe for you and your loved ones. Here’s where to start.


Always Hire a Professional Attic Restoration or Cleaning Company 

Before we dive in, it’s important to note that attic cleaning after a fire requires thorough, professional cleanup. That’s why we always recommend hiring a reputable company if you need professional attic restoration or attic cleaning services. An experienced company will have the right gear, equipment, tools, and knowledge to ensure your attic is properly cleaned and safe for you and your loved ones.


General Tips for Attic Cleaning After a Fire

No matter what type of blaze occurs in an attic (more on this later), there are a few general tips to keep in mind when cleaning after a fire.

  • Have the right PPE (personal protective equipment).: If you will be in your attic while a professional team is working, always ensure you have the proper safety gear and PPE. PPE includes protective eyewear, respiratory gear, clothing, and gloves.
  • Ventilate the attic: Ventilation following an attic fire is extremely important to ensure proper air circulation in your attic and the rest of your home.
  • Vacuum the attic: Similarly, vacuuming the debris will remove hazardous materials and ensure your home’s air quality isn’t diminished. The attic restoration or cleaning company will have the right vacuuming equipment to do the job.
  • Clean the attic’s surfaces: Cleaning the attic’s surface to ensure they are free of debris left from charring, soot, and the like is essential. Everyday household cleaning products won’t get the job done, but don’t worry – a professional team will have the right equipment to clean these surfaces properly.
  • Launder any salvageable fabrics: Smoke can leave behind heavy odors. If there were salvageable fabric items in your attic, we recommend washing these items to remove odors.


Attic Cleaning After a Fire: Low-Pressure vs. High-Pressure 

Before a company cleans an attic after a fire, they will determine if the fire was low-pressure or high-pressure. The kind of fire will determine how to clean up effectively.

Low-pressure fires tend to have more oxygen. Excess oxygen blows debris into the air, which causes materials to land and forms a surface layer.

Meanwhile, high-pressure fires tend to have less oxygen and higher pressure, which means they can permeate materials like insulation.


Attic Cleaning After a Low-Pressure Fire 

The process of restoring an attic damaged by a low-pressure fire includes:

  • Apply a de-smoking solution: Once the attic is clear of materials, use a pump or pressure spray is to apply a de-smoking solution to all surfaces.
  • Clean surfaces from top to bottom with a degreaser: Following the de-smoking solution, you should clean all surfaces with a degreaser. In instances where there is significant damage, you can use other abrasive materials (like sandpaper).
  • Assess the insulation and replace it if needed: If any insulation is salvageable, apply an encapsulation and odor counteractant to protect the existing insulation and remove odors.
  • Apply an odor counteractant: This helps to remove odor.
  • Replace insulation: Insulation that isn’t salvageable should be replaced.


Attic Cleaning After a High-Pressure Fire 

The process of restoring an attic damaged by a high-pressure fire is more involved since this type of fire tends to cause more damage:

  • Dispose of insulation: Carefully remove all insulation and dispose of it.
  • Apply an odor counteractant: This helps to remove odor.
  • Clean heavy soot: You can clean heavy soot from surfaces using a dry sponge.
  • Clean surfaces from top to bottom with sandpaper: Use an abrasive material like sandpaper to clean surfaces. If charring or soot is significant, you may need to replace areas of the attic.
  • Clean surfaces from top to bottom with a degreaser: Once you’ve cleaned charring and soot, clean all surfaces with a degreaser.
  • Apply an odor counteractant: This helps to remove odor.
  • Replace insulation: You should replace insulation that isn’t salvageable.


Learn More About Professional Sanitation From the at Attic Projects 

Whether you’re looking for air duct replacement after a fire or professional sanitation services to rid your attic of pests, we can help.

Attic Projects’ team of professionals has extensive sanitation experience. We have been cleaning and sanitizing attics and crawl spaces for years. Our team uses methods that kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including solutions like ProKure V and RMR-141, a hospital-grade disinfectant cleaner.  


Contact us today to learn more about our attic cleaning services.

2 Responses
  1. My sister would like to her a service that will be able to fix and repair her attic area since the electrical wire burst and this caused a fire. Well, I also agree with you that the chosen service must wear the necessary PPE uniforms. We’ll keep in mind to ask about their equipment and tools too.

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