A fire damaged house or property can house hazardous chemicals and post-event residues. A fire restoration process refers to cleaning such residues and restoring the fire damage structure to its prime condition. The restoration process also entails foreseeing future hazards like mold and mildew and ensuring that any chemical fire suppressants or water used is removed completely.
It is always ideal to understand the Dos and Don’ts of fire damage smoke cleanup. This post will highlight key pointers that will underline why you need to seek the assistance of a professional fire restoration company irrespective of the size of the blaze and the extent of the damage.
Why fire restoration is not a DIY
Home or business owners tend to take up the task of fire damage cleanup. Most of these people are unaware of the consequences or health hazards related to such tasks.
The chemical composition of in-house fire extinguishers can trigger conditions like sinuses, eye and skin irritations. Even if you resort to professional gears like a mask and resistant clothing, the household chemicals or detergents might be ineffective in removing the chemicals in question.
The post-fire soot and ash can be impossible to remove using your household vacuum, even if you might have some initial success, sooner or later, you will find that these substances can easily cling on to different surfaces or can get airborne easily and might be impossible to remove using the normal cleaning methods or strategies.
The normal fire cleanup procedure won’t help you to capture invisible airborne particles or the chemical residues post-fire. Exposing yourself to these health hazards for a longer duration can lead to conditions like asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
The professional checklist
A fire restoration process engages in the following tasks to ensure that your house is sound, safe and restored back to its original condition if not a better one.
• They use the industry-grade vacuums to remove even the last traces of chemical, smoke, soot, and ash.
• They use odor eliminators to ensure that any potential odor of smoke, chemicals and burnt substances like plastic, wood are contained.
• Removing excessive moisture content in the air after performing a humidity check and using standard dehumidifiers.
• Performs inspection to identify and safely remove the salvageable or the items damaged beyond the scope of repair.
• Replacing the removed items like drywall, studs, subflooring, and window panes to kick off the process of restoring the property structure.
• Fire restoration specialists will also take necessary steps to ensure that the area under construction or renovation is sectioned off using plastic sheets or other protective gear.
All these aspects point out the importance of resorting to a fire damage specialist when it comes to restoring your house or commercial space. Consider the hazards of performing a fire cleanup even after a small fire. You should be aware that even a small fire extinguished using a fire extinguisher leaves the probability of extinguisher chemical lingering in the air. Such odors usually go undetected.