When it comes to fire damage restoration, the process is neither easy nor simple. Homeowners have been traumatized enough by the fire itself and have likely been displaced. Regardless of that, the restoration process needs to start immediately. If you put it off you’re only putting your home at risk for more damage that will be worse and will cost more to fix.
Time is of the Essence After Fire Damage
Restoration after a fire needs to be done in a timely manner to avoid further damage.
Fire damage in the first few minutes – The soot residue immediately following a fire will cause discoloration on appliances, plastics and any other items that are made of porous material and includes marble and alabaster.
Damage in the first few hours – The minor discoloration will start becoming deeper stains. This will happen to countertops, grout, furniture finishes, appliance finishes and so on.
Fire damage in the first few days – The discoloration and stains that occur on all the surfaces affected will become permanent. The finishes on floors and furniture will become so damaged that they will need to redone or replaced.
Rebuilding after a house fire – As more time passes, the cost of fire damage will continue to rise because more structural components in the house will corrode along with personal items. As you can see, waiting is not a good idea. As soon as the fire has been put out, the restoration process needs to start. You need to make you use a company that is licensed and experienced in fire restoration to complete the job.
DIY Fire Damage Restoration Steps
If you’re unable to start with professionals right away there are things you can do.
Protect yourself – You need to wear thick clothes and gloves before you start any work and take all precautions to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals by wearing a mask.
Ventilation – Open all the window you can to ventilate your home. If the day isn’t very windy then use some fans to circulate the air.
Cleaning – Everything needs to be cleaned-everything-walls, ceilings, floors, windows, etc.Use a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner and wash anything you can in a washing machine. Pressure wash any surface you can.
Removing smoke odors – You need more than ventilation to get rid of the smell. You will need to use aerosol sprays, disinfectant sprays, deodorizing spray, etc. but this will only give you temporary relief until the professionals come in.
Rebuilding After a House Fire
In order for your home to be completely restored, you need to call in the professionals. After a thorough inspection, we can advise as to what structural damage was done and recommend solutions. Following a devastating event such as fire and water damage is the perfect time to remodel your home and make the dreams you have always had for your home a reality.
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There is more to fire restoration than you think and each day that passes only makes the damage worse. You really need to contact the professionals as soon as possible to take care of this serious undertaking and restore your home to a livable condition. Contact Future Vision Remodeling today!