Restoring Your Home After a Fire

FIRE! When you hear these words a sense of panic comes quickly over you. Of course, the Fire Department will put the fire out, but what exactly do you do? The very first thing that needs to be done would be to get the device wrapped up and utilities secured. A restoration business may conduct this service and will send out workers to look after this issue. Reputable restoration companies are available 24 hours per day – 7 days a week. 

If your house has sustained damage from fire and smoke, any restoration work must be performed quickly and economically. Professional restoration companies work closely with your insurance company, making sure that the procedure of getting your property back in order is done entirely and to your own satisfaction

  • Appliances/Electronics: Don’t utilize any TV, stereo, or digital equipment until it’s been cleaned and checked. Empty refrigerators and freezers fully if electricity is off, and prop their doors open with a rolled towel.
  • Carpets: Brush or vacuum loose smoke particles from carpets. Avoid walking or tracking on carpeting if at all possible. Don’t use “do-it-yourself” home cleaner.
  • Doors: Close doors in affected regions to localize smoke odors as far as you can.
  • Food Things: For security reasons, do not consume food items exposed to smoke or canned goods which have been exposed to excessive heat.
  • Furniture: If you can, avoid using upholstered furniture.
  • Pets: Move all pets to a clean environment.
  • Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and warm water, cleaning both sides of the leaves (water softener helps).
  • Windows: If you can, open windows to ventilate.

Smoke Residue Contamination

  • Inside Minutes: Plastic and paper items discolor.
  • Within Hours: Grout stains; furniture, appliances, and countertops start to yellowish; metals begin corroding.
  • Inside Days: Wallpaper and paint discolor permanently; carpeting, upholstery, and drapery fibers become stained; vinyl and wood floors discolor; glass, china, and crystal or pit.
  • Detection Water Damage: The way to put a fire out is to use water. Now you have a new problem – furniture warps, cracks, splits, and stains carpeting; alloy components (nails, screws, corner bead) start to rust; dyes transfer from clothes, shoes, and carpets; electronic equipment corrodes, malfunction; plywood delaminates, particleboard buckles; mold may begin to grow in as little as 48 hours.

Reputable restoration companies provide full service to add removing furnishings and belongings and storing them until the job is complete.

Restoration contractors are specialized in the repair process for fires as processes need to be followed to guarantee a full restoration including demolition, cleaning of exposed framing, sealing of the framing, and deodorization of their building.

For any insured loss there are 3 types of adjusters. A “Company Adjuster” works right for the insurance company. An “Independent Adjuster” is contracted by an insurance company to represent them. The third type of adjuster is that the “Public Adjuster”. Typically a public adjuster will contact a homeowner immediately following any reduction and contract with them to act on their behalf. Their selling point is they signify the homeowner to maximize the dollar amount of the loss. Regrettably, because this adds a third person to the mix it will not only slow down the fixes but their fee is a significant proportion of the loss. This could leave a severe shortfall in the capital required to finish the job.

For fire damage recovery, get the PuroClean property restoration Middlesex pros!

When the contents of your home are damaged from smoke/soot, mitigating the fire damage, cleaning, and restoring the materials to their pre-loss state is a job for restoration professionals. PuroClean technicians know how to wash smoke damage from materials ethically and professionally. When you call us, we’ll mitigate the loss and restore your property utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and methods. Click here for more details.