If a fire damaged your home, you may want to get in and begin the cleanup right away. However, fire restoration and cleanup is not something that you should tackle as a DIY project — even if the fire was limited to a small area of your home.
For safe and effective fire cleanup, hire a damage contractor. They have the means at their disposal to take care of all the details. Here are just four of the reasons why you need a restoration service after a residential fire.
1. Receive a Complete Explanation of the Process
After the fire, you will have a long process involved in the cleanup effort. This process can be time-consuming and difficult, especially with a larger house fire.
When you hire a restoration service for the cleanup, they will provide you with a complete explanation of the process, including the purpose behind each procedure. They will answer any questions thoroughly and keep you up to date throughout the restoration of your home.
2. Obtain a Quick Response to Cover Up Your Home
When you walk through your home after a fire, you may be surprised to find that you have large cut holes in your walls and roof. Those holes were necessary for the firefighters to control the fire and to allow smoke and heat to escape. You may also notice that your windows are broken.
Broken windows may occur naturally from the heat of the flames, or firefighters may need to have had broken them for access to rooms. Either way, your windows will need boarded up and your roof will need covered with a tarp. Your restoration service can quickly do these services.
3. Avoid Personal Contact With Hazardous Conditions
Once the flames are gone, hazards will still be inside your home — hazards that pose serious threats to your health and safety. If you try to clean up the damage by yourself, you run the risk of contact with harmful substances such as soot, smoke, and standing water.
After the fire, a thick layer of soot will coat every surface in your home, including areas such as cupboards, cabinets, and drawers. Soot contains chemicals harmful to your health. As a result, you should avoid touching anything that contains the substance.
Smoke does not clear out of the house as soon as the fire is extinguished. Remnants of the smoke remain for quite some time. Inhaling smoke will damage your lungs, which is why you should never try to clean up after a fire by yourself.
Firefighters will have used large quantities of water to extinguish the fire. The water inside your home poses a couple of different risks for you. First, the water contains chemicals that emitted during the fire. Second, standing water develops mold growth quickly.
4. Ensure Safe Handling and Disposal of All Personal Belongings
After the smoke clears, you may wonder what is salvageable. With everything you own coated in soot, you cannot safely sort through your own belongings.
Unfortunately, some of the things that you might think are safe to clean and reuse might actually be harmful to your health, especially where food is concerned. Discard all food exposed to a fire immediately. Your restoration service will sort and properly handle your belongings.
If your home has been damaged in a fire, do not try to clean things up by yourself. Contact us at A Nicer Reflection Cleaning & Restoration Inc. We will clean up the damage and restore your home to pre-fire condition. We are happy to answer any of your questions or concerns about your fire-damaged home.