Fire damage close to water heater
For Hard Materials – Porous (Painted surfaces, wallboard, plaster, wall paper, exposed wood):
When soot is present on porous surfaces, we use a dry chemical sponge to remove the soot. This step can prevent soil from being transferred deep into the surface where it may show as a permanent stain.
Tips for when soot is in your home
* Do not use electrical appliances that have been near a fire.
* Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
* Do not touch anything during your first inspection to prevent transferring soot from item to item.
* Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.