Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This step removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.
Once the excess water has been removed, the floors and walls may appear dry, but a quick inspection with a moisture reader will show the percentage of water that remains. Nearly all building materials, like wood, drywall, and flooring materials, are porous and therefore retain water. This retained water can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.
Fire damage can cost thousands of dollars and cause an immense amount of stress. Regardless of what caused the fire or the extent of the damage, it can leave its mark. Managing this requires thought and effort. Below are some things that you can do after a fire has damaged your property. Following through with all of this will minimalize the chance of further damage while saving as much of the property as possible. Remember to exercise caution throughout this process to ensure that everything remains as clean as possible and to avoid as much damage as you can.
Before you do anything, remember that you will want to limit movement. You will have to move around the property, obviously, if you want to continue through this, but you do not want to disturb the area too much. Try to keep yourself to only a few areas, walking carefully and thoughtfully. Disturbing the area too much can cause the soot to go deeper into the materials, resulting in worse damage that is harder or near impossible to remove.
With clean hands, begin covering areas covered in soot by placing a clean towel on them. Areas with carpet or upholstery, especially where you will have to walk, should have a towel over them to avoid direct contact with the soot. While fire cleaning is imperative, trying it yourself may risk worsening the damage. Keep the towels down and the materials covered until you can get your fire restoration team on the site. Doing so ensures that there is less work for the team and a higher chance of your materials coming out usable.
If the fire damage affected other areas of the home…
If the electricity is off, begin removing anything that relies on electricity that can go bad. Food is the number one problem here. Remove food from the fridge and leave open the doors. Move on to other areas of the home, including houseplants and chrome. Clean these and, with chrome, put on a protective layer of oil. This is the only part of the fire cleaning that you should handle yourself.
Your number one concern should be calling professional fire restoration services. These services specialize in fire damage, of course, and can help you to get everything back to usable condition. This means removing the soot and the smoke smell without damaging the materials. Give us a call now, no matter what time of day or night and we will get the clean up crews there.