It’s awful enough when a fire damages your home. But the nightmare isn’t over once the flames burn out; restoring your home and eliminating fire and smoke damage can require extensive work. Before you start cleaning and repairing your home, it’s important that you first know what fire and smoke damage entails, how it affects your home, and how your home can be restored.
After the fire, your home can continue to be damaged by the resulting two types of smoke damage created by fire—soot and invisible odor. Soot is the black and grey chalky residue and the invisible odor is the result of burned plastics and wood. Usually, smoke damage can only be fully removed by a professional. However, there are ways you can start rebuilding your home.
First, work with your insurance agent to determine the best course of action, whether that’s filing a claim or paying out of pocket. Next, you should immediately contact a certified fire and water damage restoration company. Ask the company about their background and experience and determine the next steps. Often, the company can advise you on what you can do to clean up before and after the company comes out. The professional can also provide tips on steps to take to prevent a fire in the future.
Until you’ve spoken with a professional, don’t attempt to clean or remove any damaged items in your home. There’s a chance you could actually cause further damage. Instead, dry anything that’s wet to prevent mold buildup. Hang up wet clothing and rugs and use fans and dehumidifiers for heavy furniture and carpeting. Open your windows for ventilation and cover any clean items with plastic to prevent them from getting dirty or damaged.
When the hired professional arrives, he or she will know how to remove soot and all odors. He or she can also determine if your home is suffering from water damage (as a result of the firefighters fighting the fire) and requires water restoration.
While a fire is a traumatizing ordeal, you can pick up the pieces and restore your home. By working with a trained San Diego fire damage professional, you can return to your home confident that any damage has been fixed and that you and your family are safe.