House fire damage can be heart breaking. Despite the loss of valuable content, when the smoke clears, property owners are confronted by another big challenge, i.e., getting things back to the way they were. It can be a lot more challenging to make sure the affected space is restored back to its pre-incidental condition. But fire damage restoration is not impossible using the household equipments. Generally, the first thought in the owner’s mind is to clean up what remains and find out what needs to be replaced.
It is not that difficult when the property damage is a relatively small scale. But in the case of a fire that destroys half of your kitchen, it may become difficult to decide where to start from and what to do. But fire alone is not responsible for all damages. Smoke, soot, chemical substance and gases expelled from burning contents may also damage the space. Moreover, the water and chemicals used in the firefighting process may do further damage to the carpet, walls, furniture and other things.
When you are facing a situation where it is difficult to guess if you should do the job yourself or hand it to a professional, sitting on the fence may waste time and thus, more money in the form of further damages. Today, we are going to share the best practices of fire restoration process and tips from our experts that will help you clean up and restore a controllable fire damage situation.
Before The Fire Damage Restoration
The first step in fire remediation guidelines is the assessment of the extent of damages. Once the fire has settled down and the fire marshall confirms that the site is safe for you to enter, the inspection can begin. Proper safety measures such as safety gear must be worn before entering the damaged areas. If you don’t have complete gear, then you can probably use some old clothes and safety goggles to protect your eyes.
Once you are ready to re-enter the space, you may enter carefully and carry out the examination. It is essential that you open up all the windows and doors to let some fresh air pass through. If there isnt enough air, you will need to get a fan to increase ventilation. This practice does not only remove any residual smoke, but it also reduces the odour that is caused by soot and burnt materials.
Soot Damage Restoration
Soot is black powdery or flaky substance that is left from a fire. You are probably going to find it on every surface that was exposed to fire. Soot is very injurious to health, especially in the powder form. It may fly through the air and enter your body through the respiratory system and cause problems in breathing. Different types of material create different types of soot which can have distinctive effects on your health if it gets inside your body. So you may want to keep your mask on just to stay safe from it. If you are attempting to clean the soot, it’s best to begin from top to bottom as some of the soot may fall off from objects while cleaning. Make sure to secure the carpet because soot can be oily and easily stain carpet or fabrics and even upholstered furniture. We recommend vacuuming as it can speed up the process.
Smoke Damage Restoration
With most of the soot removed, your next task in the restoration checklist is smoke damage restoration. Smoke creates odour which can get stuck in walls or anywhere on a molecular level. It’s that greyish black or often lighter shades on walls, ceiling and the surrounding objects. You may not even see its particles deposited on surfaces, but you can smell its presence. There are some homemade cleaning techniques you can use to get rid of the smoke residue and odour. We recommend using a bucket of warm water with some detergent (non-corrosive). Using a sponge or a soft cloth, you can wipe the walls and those corners of the ceilings where smoke is more likely to deposit.
After cleaning up all the soot and smoke residues, the third and final step in fire damage restoration is repainting of surfaces that have incurred fire damage.
Although you may have succeeded in removing a bulk of debris, there will likely be some remnants of smoke and soot that remains. Applying paint directly over the stains will not cover them for long. You will need to apply a good quality primer that can fill up those cracks in the walls by excessive heat. The primer provides a solid base for the paint to stick to. A coat of primer can ensure the odour will not come back after a few days or months.
As you complete the primer, you can then go for the paint. Choose the paint colour as per your choice. If you are not thinking of changing the colour of the space entirely, you can pick the same colour as previously used. Apply a thin coat of paint to the affected areas and let it dry for a while. Then implement the second and final coat to complete the painting process.
The final restoration steps include deodorising, polishing and washing of household fabrics and clothing. Wash regular clothing with warm water and detergent. You may need to clean the carpet twice after the repairs.
Your fire restoration process is complete. Do not forget to clean up your vacuum and other equipment used in the restoration process. Replace the appliances that were destroyed completely and could not be repaired.
Need More Help?
During the inspection, if you feel that the damage is beyond your control or may take longer to repair using household techniques, you can call us for our professional help.
We use fans and dehumidifiers to get rid of the odour which may otherwise, stay for many weeks. Our restoration experts use their high-level skills to get the cleaning and repairing work completed within a few hours.
If you feel these tips can be helpful to you and other, share this with your friends and relatives and let them know how they can perform a fire damage restoration using our best practices.