Restoring a home from fire damage is often a two-part process - recovering from the fire and smoke itself, and recovering from the water that was used to fight the fire. Depending on the size of the fire, the water used could even cause flooding - but the moisture alone is concern enough, especially when it comes to mold growth. It can be difficult to imagine the restoration process when you’re facing damage and a leftover smoke odor - so here’s how it works.
First, the most important thing to know about fire and smoke damage is that it only progresses the longer it’s left there. Different materials and fabrics around your home have chemical reactions to the smoke and fire, increasingly breaking them down over time. However, when you call a restoration company as soon as the damage occurs, they can often salvage many of these fabrics, materials, and belongings.
The Danger of Re-Entering Before the Professionals
If you haven’t heard it from us, you’ve probably heard it elsewhere - re-entering your home after fire damage is extremely dangerous to your health, especially if there’s moisture from water involved. The professionals are trained and experienced to safely handle these situations, eliminating any health risks to themselves or to others.
Upon entering your home, a professional restoration company will begin inspecting the overall damage. Once they’ve covered every inch, they can give you a more accurate estimate for how long the process will take and how much it will cost. The longer the damage is left to progress, the longer it’ll take to clean and the more expensive it’ll be.
Then, they’ll begin to clean the materials and fabrics that are salvageable. Often times, when people try to do this themselves, they end up keeping belongings that can continue to cause damage or they throw out belongings that could have been cleaned - but, the professionals know exactly what to look for and how to treat the materials.