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Fire Damage Repair & Cleanup

You have to act on day one to restore your home, otherwise your home is at risk of even greater damage. The process of Fire Damage Restoration is neither simple nor easy since you already are traumatized by the fire itself, but be proud of yourself for taking the first step. 

Timeline Of Damage

Fire Damage & Restoration

Damage During The First Few Minutes: The immediate soot residue after a fire causes discoloration among plastics, appliances and all porous materials like alabaster and marble.

Damage During The First Few Hours: Simple discolorations start to turn into deeper stains. These stains affect bathrooms grouts, countertops, appliance finishes, furniture finishes and more.

Damage During The First Few Days: Discolorations and stains on walls, appliances, etc. start to become permanent. Plus, the finishing on furniture and floors becomes so damaged that it must either be redone or replaced altogether.

Damage Afterward: The costs of fire damage restoration continue to dramatically rise as more and more structural household components and personal items corrode.

Fire Restoration Tips

Protection: The first thing you need to do is protect yourself. This means putting on thick clothes and wearing gloves, at a minimum. Preferably, you should also take advantage of an oxygen tank to avoid breathing in harmful chemicals.

Ventilation: The next step involves ventilating your home by opening all windows and doors. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a windy day. If not, try to at least turn on a couple of fans to help speed up the ventilation process.

Cleaning: Here’s where things get fun. You need to clean everything, including but not limited to walls, fixtures, ceilings, doors, windows, floors, etc. Below are some tips that can help with this.

Use high-efficiency vacuum cleaners to remove soot from carpeting and upholstery.  Clean fine clothing via dry cleaning. Regular clothes and rugs can be washed in a washer/dryer, but make sure you use mild alkaline detergent.
Spray and/or pressure wash exterior paint, wood, brick, etc. walls from top to bottom. Use detergent if possible.

Odor Removal: Removing the horrible smell will require more than just ventilation. You’ll need to use deodorizing sprays, disinfectant sprays, aerosol sprays, etc. Unfortunately, this will only provide temporary relief.

Professional Restoration Process

To fully restore your home and belongings, you will inevitably need the services of a professional restoration company like Woodlands Water Restoration. Here is an outline of many things they will do:

Inspection: The specialists will closely inspect your entire home and pinpoint every single trace of fire damage. If is determined that an insurance claim needs to be file, your project manager will guide you through the process.

Adjuster Meeting: This is one of the most critical steps if you have an insurance claim.  You need an advocate that understands the insurance process, and what you are owed from your insurance company.

Cleaning: If you accept, the specialists will then utilize their own professional equipment to do everything in the last section.

Treatment: Specialists may also take advantage of ozone technology. It’s a powerful non-consumer technology that lets them permanently remove all odors.

Restoration: Any items needing more stringent methods will be packed and taken to a facility to be professional deodorized and cleaned.

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