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The Importance of Cleaning Ash from California Wildfires

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance of Cleaning Ash from California Wildfires Ash inside your home

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."       

 How do I clean ash from my home?

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.       

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