The best way to reverse damage caused by a fire is by going through a fire restoration process in time. Only a licensed team of technicians can perform the restoration and salvage the building and your belongings considerably.
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If you are ever affected by fire, the first thing you should do is take shelter in a safe place, followed by notifying the fire department and informing a certified restoration company to discuss remediation.
Now, when you talk to a fire damage restoration service provider, they generally offer a vast number of services to accommodate your needs. You must know what exactly the fire restoration steps consist of in order to evaluate the services provided by each fire damage control agency and choose wisely.
A standard fire restoration process comprises the following steps:
Step 1: Put Out the Fire
You can contact a fire restoration company for emergency relief. Many fire damage restoration agencies provide services within 15 minutes of notification. This will help you safeguard many valuables and prevent serious damage to the building. While this is actually the job of the city’s fire department, a fire damage remediation company can act quickly and efficiently because they know the techniques to stop fire spreading through the property and does the main after-fire work – the restoration and cleaning.
A professional company will also help prevent potential damages that fire damage can start. For instance, if a fire burns a hole in your roof, it can lead to water seeping in during rain and ruining your property and building structure.
A fire restoration company can immediately identify possible and future damages and start working on restoring them without further ado.
Step 2: Assess the Damage
The next step after putting out the fire is assessing the damage done by the fire. The company will send its best inspectors to assess the extent of damage done to your property. Based on the assessment report, the technicians will plan the restoration process.
The assessment usually involves examining how far the smoke and soot have reached and how deeply your walls, furniture, etc. is been affected.
The company will then create an action plan and estimate the best pricing structure and the duration based on it. A licensed company will ensure that they make you understand each process and the pricing for each.
Step 3: Seal the Damage
Once the fire is been put out and the restoration team has arrived, their first task would be preventing damages from getting worse. They will ensure there are no sources for leaks, such as holes in the roofs, walls, pipes, basement or anywhere else.
Sometimes, a fire damage restoration company can collaborate with a water damage restoration company to address such issues and get the work done quickly.
Step 4: Clean Up Soot and Smoke
Soot and smoke are deadly after-effects of fire damage, and cleaning them requires special techniques and tools. Your property will look dark, stained, and give out a bad smell. Charred items will be discarded, while stained and soot-covered items will be thoroughly washed, sundried, and disinfected. If it is also a case of stagnant water, contaminated water, rotten floors or other parts of the house, the water damage restoration company will take care of it.
Odors, mold and mildew growth, and other toxins will be removed and the place will be sanitized. Afterward, the technicians will test the area to detect the presence of any lurking microbes. You will be able to reoccupy once the test is checked ‘okay’.
Step 5: Repair the House
The final step of the fire damage restoration process is repairing and restoring the property back to its original state, including repairing the roof, remaking the furniture, fixing the pipelines and electricity, and removing old carpets and wallpapers with new ones.
Many fire damage restoration companies also offer renovation of properties in association with carpenters, decorators, and engineers. If you have a house owner insurance policy, most of this will be covered under it, leaving you with fewer things to worry about.
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