Fires can be extremely devastating to your home or business. Unfortunately, once the fire trucks and firefighters leave, your property will still likely suffer from fire, smoke, and water damage.
After the Fire
Fire damage goes beyond just burning items. Ash and smoke can continue to cause damage and corrosion to materials in your home or business if they are left behind. In addition, odors from the smoke will linger in a room or home long after the fire, and can continue to cause problems if not handed quickly.
Your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces can become yellow and discolored. Smoke also causes etching in glass after just a short amount of time, and smoke will tarnish metal fairly quickly.
Hiring the Right Service
Not all fire damage is the same. Quickly hiring a reputable fire restoration service is key. They will be able to identify the source to determine what type of fire occurred. This will help efficiently evaluate the areas that are wet as a result of the firefighting that may need treatment.
Before the remediating team comes in, it’s important to collect any immediate items you will need for the next week or so. This includes clothing, prescriptions, toys, school books, and anything for business needs.
If your home or business are salvageable and not completely totaled by the fire, you and your loved ones may be displaced for a bit while the respiration team does it’s work. Oftentimes, the structural damage done inside the home is not noticeable on the outside. Structures that were affected by the fire may become weak and not sturdy for anyone to live under.
What They Do
The restoration team will perform structural restoration as well. They will revoke any charred contents that may seal in smoke, such as insulation or burned wood. They will evaluate the carpets and floor coverings that may need to be removed. They’ll inspect the framing of the house and sub-floors for safety.
After tackling the structural damage, the next step is handling the aforementioned fire smells. They treat affected surfaces for smoke odors, and seal any places they see that would allow the odors to seep back into the house. The company will clean and eliminate these odors by deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition.
They also do their best to help you return any items to their original location within your home or business in order to get you back on the road to a normal life.
Don’t Attempt to Handle On Your Own
Some people may attempt to clean up the damage caused by fire on their own. That isn’t the best idea. The residue that is left behind after a fire is a bio-hazard and can cause severe health problems if it is not taken care of correctly and thoroughly.
You can even cause more damage to your home or business by improperly handling the damage. You can rest assured that the experts with the right tools and training will certainly get the job done.
Fires are an extremely devastating event to go through. Even though it’s not always the case, sometimes your home or business can be salvaged. Whether you plan on still living in your home or selling it, there are professionals out there that can help you handle any damage that has been done in order to make you place livable again.
ServPro. Fire Damage Repair and Restoration. https://www.servpro.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration
Service Master Restore. (2016). Residential Fire and Smoke Damage. https://www.servicemasterrestore.com/residential-services/fire-and-smoke-damage/