How Fire Damage Repair is Done by the Real Experts
Fire is very destructive. It holds no regard to anything or anyone. It will indiscriminately ravage a property -Residential or Commercial- once it breaks loose. The most important thing to do is to put it out as soon as possible. The quicker the Fire is extinguished will lessen the damage incurred to property and lives.
The second most important thing to do is to initiate fire damage repair and remediation. Fire damage repair will assess the damage done and restore the appearance of your property to pre-fire status. Here’s how fire damage repair should be done by proper professionals.
Initiating a fire damage cleanup is different from just cleaning a house after a “mess”. That’s where you just immediately pick up a trash bag and throw things in it or just pick up your broom and start sweeping. Then get the spray and just go to town….that won’t work.
Fire damage is different and complicated, as it requires careful planning and assessment before the fire damage repair can even begin. After a fire ravages through a property, it needs to be assessed thoroughly.
Professionals will know where to look and what to look for.
The extent of the penetration of the fire to the structure of the house will need to be investigated. In addition, the contents of the property will also be assessed so they will know which can be kept or discarded. Whatever needs to be kept, will have to be carefully restored.
Through this, a professional fire damage repair team will know what to do to try and restore your property to its former condition. Using this assessment, they will be able to give you an estimate as to how much the restoration will cost.
Secure the Property and Be aware of the Damage
Now that the scope of work has been determined, we need to secure the property. It’s important to create a fence in the perimeter to ensure that no one unauthorized or uninformed of what happened may wander inside and injure themselves or cause further damage to the property. It can be possible to use appropriate plywood to close any openings and avoid fencing. Both could also be required. Safety for the Professionals and the property has to be kept in mind.
Also, the fence is to give the fire remediation team a crowd-free room to work with. Next is to secure and remove all debris from the fire. Also, parts of the house will be sealed off from the weather. Covering up the roof to protect the interior of the house is necessary.
…..What else could happen?
Corrosion and mold will be some of your biggest problems in the aftermath of a fire. Further damage from water, that’s why water needs to be removed or the property dried out before proceeding any further. All personal properties will also be removed from the place.
Walls that were damaged, flooring as well- as some other materials that were ruined will also be stripped down to studs if deemed necessary. All of these are to restore the property’s structural integrity. If they can’t see issues-professionals can’t see them. If needed, there will be some portions of the property that on the surface may have survived that will need to be torn down for the overall safety of the house.
We’ve now come to the most extensive part of the fire and smoke damage repair process — the cleanup. Even professionals won’t rely solely on machines to do this phase of the job. Expect a lot of manual labor during the cleanup-hard work!
This is due to the attention to details needed in the execution. Each part of the property will be swept thoroughly and remediated. Then, right after the cleanup comes the deodorizing process. This is to remove the odor of smoke that may have latched onto the property.
Sanitation follows, using safe and tested antimicrobial chemicals for best results. The ducts won’t be disregarded either and will be checked and cleaned thoroughly for soot.
The final step of the process is to try and restore the property to how it was before the fire. Different construction processes commence restoring different parts of the place. The roof, electrical, drywall, and flooring are some of the parts of the property that need attention.
This phase of the whole restoration process can take a while depending on the extent of the damage. But the property owner should begin to see a sense of normalcy at this point, as the damage of the fire will slowly yet surely be erased. After the property has been rebuilt, furniture and fixtures will finally be brought back inside the property for all finishing touches.
Moral of the Story….
Fire may ruin more than just property. But it doesn’t mean that if you’ve gone through such an ordeal that you can’t get back up on your feet. Be sure to call only professionals to get the best results when it comes to repairing and restoring your home and property.
SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac professionals are always here to help and always available during the process.
We are available 24/7/365 at 309-827-7500