Beyond the professionals, very few people deal with fire damage restoration. What do victims of a fire need to know about getting their lives back in order without risking their health or future problems with their home or business?
In addition to direct fire damage, there are two other sources of damage from a fire: smoke and water. In fact, smoke and water damage are often the main focus of fire damage restoration efforts. If not cleaned quickly, the water used to extinguish a fire can lead to severe long-term problems.
The first step in fire damage restoration efforts is verifying the integrity of the structure. Heat from the fire and the water used to put it out can damage foundations and make a structure unsafe. Floors, walls, and ceilings must also be examined to ensure their structural soundness.
If the structure is safe to enter, fire damage restoration generally moves on to drying areas of the structure. This may require removing floors to dry the areas underneath. It will almost always mean replacing carpet damaged by water and smoke.
Without proper drying, areas under floors, behind walls, and above ceilings, can develop mold and mildew, presenting both a health hazard and a source of future structural decay. Again, this is a job best left to professionals.
Soot needs to be removed from walls, ceilings and floors. Professionals have the equipment and know-how for this type of restoration. Fire, water and smoke damage to the structure, including ventilation and electrical systems, can generally be accomplished quickly and efficiently.
However, there is more to recovering from a fire than just structural restoration. Fire damages personal property, too. Furniture, clothes, dishes, electronics, decorations, jewelry, and electronics are just a few of the items that might need fire damage restoration.
A surprising number of items can be cleaned of soot and smoke damage using ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Immersing items in a solution agitated by ultrasonic sound waves delivers a thorough cleaning that hand scrubbing or washing simply can’t achieve.
Ultrasonic cleaning equipment is one of the many tools fire restoration professionals have available, and that toolkit is one of best reasons to enlist the services of professionals for fire damage restoration.
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