Fires can be devastating for homes, but often there is a possibility that you can restore your home to what it was before. This process, called fire damage restoration, will take time and money, but it is often cheaper than rebuilding an entire house from scratch. If you want to restore your home after fire or smoke damage, you will find the following terms useful.
Assessment – Usually the first step in beginning a restoration is to contact the insurance company so that they can assess the damage to the property. Assessments can also help in realizing what property is able to be saved.
Remediation – Before restoration can begin, one must first fix the immediate results of fire, water and smoke damage. This process is often termed fire remediation.
Water Damage – Often it does not occur to think of water damage in a fire, but water is used to put the fire out. Left untreated, wet objects will grow mold and certain types of mold can be hazardous for your health.
Smoke Damage – While smoke damage does not physically destroy items, it leaves a lingering odor often in carpet and furniture that is very difficult to remove. In some instances, the smoke damage is so strong that some homeowners opt to completely rebuild the house instead of trying to repair it. Professionals often use ozone to remove and clean the smell.
Soot – Fine black residue left behind in a fire. Soot can cover everything, from ceilings to walls to carpets. It is best to let a professional remove and clean items with soot stains.
Seal – To seal is to place a barrier around an item. Any items not damaged in the fire should be sealed and removed from the home while repairs are going on.
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Dealing with the damage left behind by a fire can be almost as stressful as the event itself. Smoke and soot can leave behind strong odors that permeate carpeting. Efforts to stop the fire can lead to basement flooding, mold and other hazardous conditions. Professional cleaning services, equipped to deal with fire remediation and mold abatement can help restore one's home or business to like new condition after a disaster.
After the fire has been put out, property owners can set about assessing the damage and cleaning up after it. This entails inspecting the extent of the damage to the building, both in terms of cosmetic and structural damage. In addition to cleaning carpeting, removing odors and smoke residue, fire damage restoration efforts include repairing the problems caused by the water used to stop the flames. Water damage is more than an aesthetic issue. It can also cause mold to grow which can affect the health of the home's inhabitants. This assessment will serve to check the walls, ceiling and floor for dormant signs of mold growth. If it is present, affected areas must be removed, any areas with residual dampness must be allowed to dry, and they must then be sealed to prevent further growth.
Property owners who possess residential or business insurance may find recommendations for qualified companies through their carriers. Many of the leading providers offer a full list of clean up services, while others may specialize in the removal of harmful molds or working to restore furnishings and other amenities in one's home. When working with a qualified company, home or business owners can rest assured that the residual damage to their structure and their furnishings will be minimal and that the health of those who live and work in the building will not be jeopardized.