Fire damage isn’t just about extinguishing the flames. Of course, it’s critical to stop the fire in its tracks as quickly as possible. But after the fire, the restoration process is extensive.
Not only will your home need repair where the fire singed it, but it will also need cleansing from the smoke smell. Complete fire damage restoration includes getting rid of all odors, cleaning soot off the walls, and ensuring that carpets and upholstery are clean.
There’s a lot involved in restoration, so it’s best to get started as quickly as possible after there’s been a fire. Your fire may have started in your oven, but the smell could soon get to nearby rooms. It’s easy for particulate matter to travel.
So, when should you begin fire damage restoration? As quickly as possible. The first 24 to 48 hours after the fire are critical. First, you’ll want to ensure that your home is structurally stable.
Once you know the space won’t collapse on you, it’s time to get to work. It’s important to note that the soot from the fire is acidic and will cause deterioration and corrosion, especially on synthetic materials like furniture and flooring. This can quite literally destroy your home.
The dry chemicals and water used to stop the fire only exacerbate this problem, so immediate restoration is your best bet for salvaging most of your belongings.
Then there’s the smell after a fire has been extinguished. It’s horrific. The air must be thoroughly cleaned before it’s safe for anyone to occupy the space, even after it’s been declared structurally sound. Prematurely entering the area could aggravate health issues, such as asthma or other upper respiratory conditions
The answer to these questions will determine whether an item is restored or replaced. It can be hard to decide in some situations if replacing an object would be better, but it holds great sentimental value.
It’s not a good idea to handle fire damage restoration on your own. While it might seem simple to clean up the mess, it’s not safe without the proper protective equipment. You don’t want to breathe in soot or smoke for hours while cleaning.
That’s why we recommend calling in professional help. We understand how important your home or business is to you. Your belongings are important and need to be restored or replaced right away. That’s why Utah Disaster Cleanup is available 24/7 to respond to fire damage.
We’re here to help you restore your space to a functional, occupiable area. Contact us today to get started!