Putting out a house fire is just the beginning. What follows is an extended, intensive fire damage restoration process to repair the damage and restore your home back to its original state. To make it through this process, it’s important you be prepared by knowing what your next steps are.
From our fire damage cleanup team at Restoration 1 of North Atlanta, here are a few things everyone needs to know about dealing with a house fire.
Fire damage restoration is a very messy, dangerous business. It is dangerous for more than one reason. The main hazards after a fire include smoke and soot inhalation, structural damage, and water damage. If at all possible, you should avoid going into your home after a fire until it has been deemed safe for you to do so. Standard respiratory protective masks may not keep all the smoke and soot out of your lungs. Moreover, the fire could have caused serious, unknown structural damage that could cause portions of your home to collapse at any time.
When responding to a house fire, one of the most important things you can do is reach out to a professional fire damage restoration company for assistance as soon as possible. Professional fire damage restoration companies have the skills, resources, and manpower necessary to get the job done and get it done right. There is no better way to ensure that your home receives the best restoration care possible.
Smoke and soot damage is not the average mess. Along with being toxic when inhaled, they are also extremely difficult to clean up. Soot is composed of coarse, microscopic fibers that can scratch surfaces when the soot is being rubbed away. Smoke is known for its ability to permeate any porous materials it comes into contact with. Even after several rounds of cleaning, it is sometimes impossible to completely remove the smoky odor from vulnerable materials like furniture, clothes, and upholstery. Effectively dealing with smoke and soot damage requires professional expertise and you should not attempt to do so on your own.
Fire damage restoration can be a drawn-out, stressful process. One part of this process that is notorious for being stressful is dealing with your insurance company. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the stress of working with your insurance company. Specifically, you should reach out to them immediately after the fire, thoroughly document all the damage with photos and a written inventory, and know the details of your policy well ahead of time.
The fire damage cleanup process can be a strain on anyone. However, by familiarizing yourself with the process and following the steps above, you will be able to make it through eventually and put the fire behind you. Having a fire damage restoration team that you can trust makes all the difference. Reach out to our team at Restoration 1 of North Atlanta for the help you need and deserve.