The Importance of Cleaning Ash from California Wildfires
Wildfires can leave caustic ash, risk the health of the community and cause environmental concerns
Los Angeles Times wrote:
"Ash from wildfires in Southern California's residential neighborhoods poses a serious threat to people and ecosystems because it is extremely caustic and contains high levels of arsenic, lead, and other toxic metals, according to a study by the federal geologist. Some Ash collected in residential areas after the fires registered a pH of 12.7, a level more caustic than ammonia and nearly as caustic as lye."
Wash indoor surfaces with water. If a surface film is visible, wash with soap and water.
Wash cooking utensils with detergent and hot water or run them through the dishwasher.
Wash soft furnishings (upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets/rugs, cushions, and bedding) or vacuum using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, so particles don't blow back into your house.
Have heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units, and all ductwork professionally cleaned and replace filters, to remove soot, ash, and smoke residue.
You can always call us to come and inspect.