In the unfortunate case that your home has experienced a fire, there are a number things to do to start the fire damage restoration process. Know who your fire restoration company is and the services they provide, although most companies will follow the same process give or take a step or two.
Fire Damage Restoration Process - What to Know
Hopefully, the company you’ve chosen is available to you as soon as the fire happens. Of course, you will have the fire department there to put out the fire, however your restoration company should be able to come right away in case of a fire, to asses the damage as well.
Your company will walk through your property and determine what was the cause of the fire and where the damages have taken place. This helps them plan what the next steps are in repairing or rebuilding your property and valuables. Smoke can cause a lot of damages to your walls and furniture, which is also covered in most services companies will provide to you.
Water Damage Repair
Fires that travel deep into the walls and into the pipes or a water tank need immediate attention. The company will find the source of any puddles or leaks found as a result of fire and stop the water flow before causing further water damage to your home.
As a result of the fire, soot and debris will be everywhere. Fire restoration companies will clean up the mess caused by the fire and air out the environment to prevent any smoke or soot to enter any lungs through restoration. Water damage can also cause health problems if not assessed quickly and properly. If not dried out and sanitized, water damage can lead to mold which can spread in the home quickly during the restoration period.
During this step, your fire restoration company will replace the damaged features of your home including your cabinets, counters, walls and carpets. If you’re worried about how your home will turn out after the renovation, just know that your restoration team has your best interest in mind. Along the way, they will communicate with you about what features are important to you and how you want your repairs to look. It is hard to emotionally detach yourself from how your home looked before, however, the good news is, your home could look better than it did before, possibly upgraded.
At this time, the fire restoration team will consult you and your family on the cause of the fire and how to take preventative actions for future reference. They will relay to you the importance of the right smoke detectors and the best way to arrange your items to ensure prevention for next time.
These are just a few of the most common causes of house fires:
- Cooking Equipment - especially ones that are outdated or cooking left unattended.
- Portable heaters that are close to clothing, curtains or on carpets.
- Smoking in small tight spaces. Smoke outside.
- Electrical Equipment - If the cords are frayed or damaged or an overloaded powerstrip can easily spark and cause a fire.
- Candles and incense that are left lit and unattended can cause fires if near a bookcase or left near tissue boxes and toilet paper.
- Inadequate electrical wiring in older homes can cause a fire from inside the walls or at the power sockets.
A house fire may feel like the end of the world and the restoration of your home may be too emotional to even think about. However, with the right company and knowledge of preventative measures, the fire damage restoration process can be easy and painless for you and your family.