If your home or business has been damaged by fire, smoke and water, you may be anxious to get to work and get the cleaning process started. And that’s good. Your building needs quick and complete restoration if your efforts are to be successful.
As soon as firefighters are gone, contact the insurance company, then contact professional fire damage restorers. Then, you or your fire damage restoration company will need to take the following actions:
1. Prevent more damage. Once the fire marshal says its safe to go inside, get the air flowing. Ventilate by opening windows. If there’s a lot of water damage and the weather is warm and sticky, you may do better with windows closed and a portable dehumidifier. Use fans and other professional restoration procedures to dry each water damaged item. Remove moveable items and dry them outside or at off-site storage if possible for the very best results. Just be careful not to spread soot and ash around.
2. Deal with the smoke damage. Smoke will smell up carpets, soft furnishings, curtains and other home contents for months or even years if you don’t take quick action. Smoke can also damage copper and brass items because of the acid in ash residue in as little as a day. Items that have been subjected to smoke damage must be thoroughly cleaned, sealed for odors if possible and returned to their locations only after the area is thoroughly dry and clean.
3. Get soot out of household textiles. Soot contains oil and acid, so it badly stains all kinds of drapes, carpets and other textiles. Before washing a sooty item, remove as much of the soot as possible. In most cases, a professional fire damage restorer can do the best job of soft-surface soot removal with a heavy-duty vacuum. Don’t try to vacuum items yourself because vacuum cleaner attachment brushes can push soot further down into textiles, irreparably damaging them.
4. Get soot of the walls. Chemical sponges are available at cleaning supply houses that you can use to clean soot off wall, but this is also part of professional fire restoration service. There are other kinds of cleaners that will clean soot, and these are usually alcohol-based or chemical-based rather than water-based. Rubbing alcohol and even pain thinner can be used for cleaning in some cases, but the fumes are toxic and highly flammable, so ventilation is essential.
5. Take even more deodorizing actions. The first and best efforts of amateurs may not get out all the odors from fire-damaged and smoke-damaged home furnishings. Plus, smells can remain in the structure of the home or commercial building. But there are actions you can take. Professional restoration experts have a variety of deodorizing options, including deodorizing bombs that penetrate deep into a home or building’s structure. Sealers are also available that seal away smells that can’t be removed so they’re no longer a problem.
Quick and decisive action can go a long way toward fire damage restoration. While it may be possible to handle some restoration efforts yourself, you may think better of this. You have other things to deal with when there’s fire damage, including temporarily relocating your family or workers and meeting your daily needs as well as your usual work schedule. So why not leave fire damage restoration to experts?
At Orange Restoration, we’re the only name you need when you have to deal with fire damage restoration. Why not contact us now at (619) 376-6838 to see what we can do for you? You’ll be glad you did.