The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming, but taking steps to repair the damage should be done as soon as possible. As bad as the initial damage might be after a fire, the destruction from smoke damage can become much worse if fire restoration is delayed. To avoid long-term damage and costly repairs, fire damage restoration should take precedence so you can start getting your home back to normal.
The First Step Toward Fire Damage Restoration
The first step toward fire damage restoration is finding a restoration contractor who can assess the damage, estimate the cost of repairs, and begin the cleanup process. A licensed and insured fire damage restoration company also can help reduce the risk of further damage to your home. Some of the steps they might take throughout the cleanup process include:
- Assessing your personal belongings to save as many items as they can.
- Documenting all of the items they remove from your home by taking pictures, keeping a written record, or both.
- Returning any salvageable furniture and appliances to your home upon completion of the restoration.
- Working quickly to get you and your family back into your home.
- Staying in contact with you to make sure all repairs were done correctly and no other problems have occurred.
It is advisable to contact your home insurance company when hiring a fire damage restoration service. If you choose to select a service on your own, be sure to do a background check. Be leery of hiring any unlicensed and uninsured contractors.
Things That You Can Do Right Away
While you wait for the fire damage restoration company, there are a few things you can do prepare. As long as it is safe to enter your house, go in and open all the windows to start airing it out. Scrub all surfaces (and inside cabinets and drawers) with soap and water or an alkaline cleaner, which can help cut down the smoky smell. Wash all bedding, clothing, curtains, and items that can be machine washed with an alkaline cleaner (you may have to wash items more than once). Be sure to wear protective clothing, such as work gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection (such as a mask), because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.
Don’t Do It Alone
Though you might be tempted to do the restoration on your own, it’s important to understand that professional smoke and fire damage restoration companies use industrial-grade products and equipment to clean and restore your home and belongings. Plus, fire damage can be tricky as many signs can be hidden inside vents, behind inside walls, and on the outside of your home where they can continue to do damage if they are not removed in a timely manner. Let our professional services take care of your home from the inside out as soon as possible. Don’t let smoke damage continue to cause you grief; contact us today.