There is probably nothing more frightening than fire damage in National City. Most fires are usually confined to one area, but it still feels devastating to see charred materials and soot-coated personal belongings. The first thing you’ll need to do is ventilate the affected area by opening windows, then you must safely remove damaged items to an outside area like your driveway. Begin sorting through the items, deciding what items can be salvaged and throwing away anything damaged beyond repair. What you shouldn’t do is attempt to wipe down walls, wood trim and furniture or any other absorbent surface. You should not sit on or move upholstered furniture, nor should you turn on home systems like a furnace or air conditioner. Toss out any food product (especially canned goods) that were exposed to fire. Lastly, avoid any electrical devices and appliances (stereos, TV) until a restoration technician has deemed them safe. The next step is to contact a restoration specialist to assess the damage and develop a plan for repair.

You may be tempted to begin the restoration work yourself, but understand that you will need an array of equipment and the knowledge to use that equipment properly. Fire damage restoration specialists will not only have all of the necessary equipment, but they also have the knowledge and experience to use them. Much of the restoration work will require the handling of toxic chemicals and exposure to soot and smoke residue, smoldering ash and toxic gases. Specialists will already have the required protective clothing to minimize contact with toxic materials. Remember that smoke is an acidic byproduct of fire and can corrode and stain surfaces such as walls, floors and counter tops. Removal of smoke and soot requires many steps, procedures and equipment. Also, after any fire, the effort to put out the blaze results in water damage from pressure hoses and fire retardant chemicals. These elements add to the overall damage that must be dealt with.

Now that you’ve done some minimal prepping, restoration technicians can now tackle your fire damage in National City. They will assess the extent of the damage and isolate the affected area(s). They will let you know which areas are still structurally sound, and which should be avoided, since both fire and water damage can weaken foundations and structures. Next, they will remove all water and completely dry the area. They will remove soot and smoke residue with the use of air-scrubbing technology and will sanitize, deodorize and clean the affected area(s). With all of this accomplished, the restoration team will remove and replace damaged drywall and other surfaces, bringing your home back to its original condition.

If you are experiencing fire damage in National City do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time! Contact us at 1-800-434-4614

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