In most cases when a fire occurs in the home, it becomes uninhabitable and you lose most, if not all of your material possessions. However, there are instances where things are salvageable and the home suffers from smoke damage. There is the initial clean up and the aftermath of determining what damages have occurred. This could range from minor smoke, soot and water damage from the firefighters working to put out the fire. The information provided below provides some tips on restoring your home after fire damage.
Dealing With Water damage
The first step you should deal with to restore your home after a fire, is to dry it out. There are various methods to take when drying your home from water, this includes using large industrial fans and dehumidifiers. The fans will help to soak up water on tiled surfaces, but the dehumidifiers will work to pull the water and dampness out of the carpet and any window treatments. The quicker you dry out the home, the better you will be able to prevent further damage caused by mildew and mold.
The walls and ceilings should be checked for the amount of water damage. Typically, water damage to walls and ceiling can cause the wood and drywall to wilt, bulge and curl. When this happens, you will need to replace it right away, to prevent the walls or ceilings from cracking and creating foundation issues.
Dealing With Soot
The soot is black and oily and will stain carpets, drapes, furniture and other materials. In order to effectively remove the soot, you will need to first attempt to use a heavy duty vacuum to suction out the soot from all textiles, furniture and carpets. The soot should then be cleaned with an industrial cleaner from the walls and ceilings in your home. If the soot left behind after the fire, is not cleaned as soon as possible, it may cause your walls and ceilings to stain. When this happens, you may need to have the paint scraped away and then have everything repainted.
Dealing With Smoky Odors
When the smoke flows throughout the home, it also drifts through the duct system. When this happens, it can become trapped, making it hard to breathe when the heating or air conditioning unit is turned on. In addition, the smoky odor left over from the fire will permeate throughout the home, especially when it's humid outside. When this happens, you should have your home aired out using the thermal fogging process. The thermal fog is designed to overfill your home in an attempt to neutralize the odor and make it go away. In addition, the ducts should also be cleared of smoke. In order to do this, a chemical sealer must be used to clean the ducts of any smoke residue.
If you are unsure of the steps to take to restore your home after a fire, consider consulting with a fire damage restoration contractor.Share
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