Cleanup after a disaster

Updated 05jan23

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The important stuff

Keep good records

Stay safe

Dealing with water damage


Dealing with smoke & fire damage

Smoke from house fires

If your house is exposed to smoke from a house fire, either inside your house or in your upwind neighbor's, toxic combustion products from man-made materials will be in the ash. They will have a gunpowder-like smell.

The cost and effort of remediation is much less than treating health conditions caused by toxic ash

Other cleanup issues


Common scams

Emotional recovery

Put this list somewhere so that you can read it if something happens to your house.

See also

Disaster Readiness   During & afterwards  

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