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A fire can lead to serious and significant property damage and any number of problems that will negatively impact your quality of life and cost you a lot of money until you get them repaired. Many people don’t realize the full extent or nature of fire damage or the large number of different services offered by fire damage restoration.
Here we will look at what fire damage actually does to your property and at all the different ways it can affect you. From there, we will then look at how fire damage restoration helps to address each of these resultant issues.
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In the case of a fire, the first thing you are likely to notice is that your items have been burned leading to them being destroyed. This can ruin walls, cabinets, counter tops and much more leaving them looking dilapidated and not fit for purpose.
This is the most obvious type of damage that fire damage restoration companies will help to address. The best of these companies will thus offer full renovation services and be able to help you to redecorate your home and to replace all of your furniture, fittings and upholstery so that your rooms look actually better than they did before the fire in many cases.
When it comes to repairing the obvious and immediate damage to your property, fire damage restoration companies will prioritize damage that could lead to further damage. A good example of this might be a burned stair case that is in danger of collapsing unless it is seen to quickly. Likewise, if you have a hole burned in your roof or in your wall then this might risk wind and rain blowing into your property and could even leave you vulnerable to trespassers and thieves. Again, this will be a very early issue that fire damage restoration companies will look at.
In some other cases, there may be fire damage that is beyond the scope of repair companies to fix. If your furniture has been badly burned for instance, then your fire damage restoration company may recommend that you simply dispose of it. Thankfully, many fire damage restoration companies offer this service and will remove your items for you so that there is one less job for you to do.
Smell and Dirt
Fire damage doesn’t just destroy your property though, it can also cause a lot of bad odor and can stain and sully your various surfaces. When there is fire, there is normally also smoke and this can travel through your property staining your walls carpets and leaving dust, dirt and soot across your surfaces. This can be quite extensive and will cover not only the room affected by the fire but also the adjacent rooms nearby.
For these reasons, fire damage restoration companies will also make it a priority to clean and sanitize your home. This will make your belongings useable again and it will also prevent health issues that maybe caused by them. Importantly it will also help to get rid of bad odors that can otherwise linger for a long time.
This process will involve the use of many different cleaning appliances and industrial equipment. This can even extend to carpet cleaning services which can help to remove small amounts of smoke, soot and other issues from in-between the carpet fibers. This can’t easily be reached by vacuums.
While fire damage and water damage might seem like they’re at other ends of the spectrum, often they can actually occur together. This is the case if fire damage leads to a burst pipe or tank which can then lead to water spilling out over your premises. It can also be a result of fire damage causing leaks and letting the weather affect your home.
In these cases then, fire damage restoration companies must also offer water damage restoration. To do this, they will first address the source of the moisture and will then go on to remove any large pools of water – often by utilizing submersible pumps. From here they will then dry out the various services and will sanitize anything else that might have been affected by
Fire damage can be incredibly extensive and can also damage your property in other ways. For instance, it can damage your electrical wiring, your plumbing and electrical appliances. Thus you might need any number of different services to ensure your home doesn’t just look repaired but is also able to function normally.
How to Find Fire Damage Restoration
If you have experienced fire damage in your home, then you should work quickly to try and repair it and restore as much of your property as possible.
Having the number of a good fire damage restoration company is an important first step. Make sure that the company you find provides 24 hour emergency contact so that they can come out rapidly to deal with any serious damage that might be causing leaks and other problems that are progressive in nature.
Make sure as well to carefully research the company’s track history as well as the full range of services that they offer. You want an organization that will provide you with full renovations and that has mostly good reviews from other users.
Likewise, you should make sure that your home is fully insured. By using a comprehensive insurance plan, you will have financial aid when it comes to finding fire damage restoration services and you will also be able to get any items replaced that need to be completely disposed of.
On top of all this, you should also take as many steps as possible to prevent fire damage entirely. This means making sure that you are careful when cooking and it means avoiding leaving plugs on. At the same time, it also means using a fire alarm and ensuring that this works at all times by testing it regularly.
All these steps will help you to prevent fires where possible and to deal with the damage quickly when they do still happen.