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Should I hire a fire restoration or cleanup service for my home?

This depends on a number of factors, most importantly whether your home was actually damaged by fire. For cleanup of smoke and soot, we recommend trying the cleaning steps above before considering a restoration or cleanup service. We cannot recommend specific remediation companies or contractors. The Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) can help consumers find a licensed remediation contractor. The CSLB website includes a number of links (resources) to help consumers chose a reputable contractor.

If you choose to hire a restoration or cleanup service, we recommend caution and careful consideration if the service includes cleaning with chemicals (e.g., ozone, solvents, thermal foggers, etc.). Some of those cleaning materials may create byproducts and linger on household surfaces. The health impacts of these have not been well characterized.

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