Understanding Fire Damage Restoration Processes
You should never try to attempt fire damage restoration after a fire has occurred. To ensure that your home is safe again, it is important to reach out to a professional fire damage restoration professional to carry out the proper fire restoration process required. As a homeowner, it is important to understand how these processes are carried out.
Confirmation That Property Has Stabilized
The first step to a professional remediation process is to check if the property has stabilized enough for safe entry. A professional will check for signs of damage to the home’s structure and inspect the property carefully from the outside before opening the door. It would be advisable to wait for an inspector to consider the property safe to enter before you do so.
Be cautious of soot stains, rust, corrosion, mold, mildew, and the air quality in the home. Even after the fire has been extinguished, smoke and soot can cause further damage to your home.
- Soot stains are caused by soot which adheres to the surface and discoloration occurs. Depending on material and time elapsed, soot stains may be removable while soot stains may be permanent for other materials.
- Mold and mildew form quickly after a fire has occurred due to the fire extinguishing process. If there has been signs of water damage, proper damage restoration processes should be implemented as soon as possible to minimize further damage.
- Rust and corrosion refer to the risk of any metals that become oxidized after interacting with water. This is important to take note of for small electronics with metal. If components in the electronics corrode, your item may have been damaged beyond repair and there could be a high risk of electric shocks.
- Air quality is one of the areas which professionals focus on, especially when lingering odors are detected. Smoke damage cleanup is often done with the use of an air scrubber and air mover.
Removal of Items Damaged Beyond Repair
For personal possessions that have been damaged beyond repair, they should be removed with extra caution. This is especially important for electrical appliances or machines. Conversely, items that have not been damaged by the fire should be removed as well to prevent further contamination.
Cleanup Excess Water and Wet Surfaces
Standing water needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible because water may damage your walls or flooring.
Deodorizing, Deep Cleaning, and Stain Removal Begins
Once the damage has been assessed, professionals will begin the appropriate damage restoration process for the property. Taking into consideration the level of damage, they should consult with you to work out the level of priority to work with and you should receive regular updates from them.
Why Work With SERVPRO?
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with fire damage. If you have experienced fire damage to your home in Lower Manhattan, reach out to us immediately. Our highly trained fire restoration specialists will be dispatched as soon as possible to assist you. Time saved in getting a response team on site equates to lesser damage caused to your property. If you would like to find out more, contact us today!