After any fire, of course, there will be fire and smoke damage, but there will also be water damage from the firefighters putting out the flames.
Understanding the process to take after a fire is the fastest way to get your family back on track.
Step 1 – Assess the Damage Causes by the Fire
The first step is to assess the degree of the damage. A professional will come into your home and examine in detail all the damage sustained to your home or business, which can vary.
Depending on how bad the fire was, and how much damage it caused, the process of “cleaning it up” can be very involved. The professional inspecting your home or business will be able to assess the damage.
Contacting an expert is an important step. Simply covering up issues on your own will not only be dangerous to those in the building, but will certainly cause problems for any future owners.
Step 2 – Isolating Unsafe Areas
Unsafe areas will need to be isolated. After a fire is extinguished, it becomes very apparent how much damage the water used to douse the fire can do. A proper assessment of the damage should now take place.
Unsafe areas should be isolated and blocked off to prevent injury to humans and further damage to the building. Any areas that are dangerous will be blocked off, this will prevent them from worsening as time goes on.
Step 3 – Water Removal
The third step in the repair process is to remove all the water and dry the affected areas. The longer water sits and is stagnant, the worse the damage can be; it is important to clean up the water as soon as possible.
By not swiftly cleaning up the water left behind from a fire, you are making an already terrible situation worse. Not only does water damage ruin the foundation of your home, but it can also cause mold to begin growing inside your home or business.
Step 4 – Smoke and Soot Removal
The fourth step is to remove any smoke and soot residue left behind. The smoke damage to a home after a fire can be just as bad as the actual fire damage.
With most fires, you will find a film t of soot left behind. A professional will be able to clean up the residue left on the walls, ceilings and any other salvageable items. There is also an “air-scrubbing” technology that removes the strong smoke odor from the air.
Step 5 – Sanitization and Property Cleanup
The fifth step is to sanitize and clean up the property; this is an extremely important step. Professionals will be able to evaluate after a thorough cleaning which items are salvageable and what should be discarded.
The sooner you bring in a professional to assess the damage to your home or business, the quicker and more affordable the repair process will be. Find an expert near you and hire someone with experience handling this type of repair process.