By Moshe Farache
After a fire, your home is still standing, but it’s not fit for occupancy because of the water and smoke damage to the interior. Everything has a strong odor and does not seem usable. You may wonder what the next step will be and how long it will take to restore your home. Here is what to do and what you can expect from the experts in fire damage restoration.
Make The Call
The first step is to contact help to get the fire restoration process underway. It may look like an impossible job to you, but a consultation will give you useful information. Don’t throw in the towel until you’ve heard the full story from the real experts. They will meet you at the scene to begin the process of recovering your home so you can return to a normal living arrangement. Your comfort and safety are always a high priority.
A full inspection of the damages caused by fire and water is the first step of the restoration process. Professional technicians check the integrity and level of damage done to the entire home and its contents. Notes are made about what can be saved and what cannot. In most cases, items that are not scorched or burned are salvageable. A full assessment is conducted of the fire and water damage.
If the roof has been damaged, a tarp or temporary covering may be installed to prevent further damage and keep the elements out.
Removal Of Water
There is often a considerable amount of water left over from fire services. Large hoses with pressurized streams of water are usually used to put home fires out quickly. This can leave you with standing puddles of water in the house that need to be removed. Professionals remove water if applicable and dry the surfaces to lessen the extent of the damage.
Soot And Smoke Removal
House fires result in deposits of soot and smoke on all affected surfaces. This needs to be removed. In addition to removing the visual evidence, the odors will also need to be removed. This is done through the use of specialized equipment and products.
Cleaning And Repairs
Everything that can be saved is thoroughly cleaned and if necessary, repaired. Water stains are removed from fabrics, furnishings and building materials. The final step is the restoration of the home to its original state before the fire happened. The goal of professionals is to ensure that the home is clean and odor free with no signs that the fire occurred.
If a fire has damaged your residential property, call a professional restoration company for a fast response when you need it most. Because your home is your place of security, completing the job with precision and efficiency is a high priority. They are experienced experts who specialize in fire damage and water damage restoration.