Fire damage can be one of the hardest restoration tasks your home can require. This is because fire damage can take many forms, from soot to even water damage. Depending on the scope of the damage, this process can take weeks or even months. So, let’s take a look at the steps the process can involve.
Step 1: Boarding Up
Once the fire department says it’s safe to enter your home or business, it’s important to take a look at the damage to see if the doors or windows are damaged or if there are any other openings in the building.
If there are any openings and the building is salvageable, the openings will need to be boarded up to prevent further damage or protect any belongings.
Step 2: Drying Out
The next step in the fire restoration process is drying out your home. There are several things that may occur during or after the fire that could lead to water damage. This is especially true for more serious fires.
Your plumbing could be damaged during the fire. Additionally, firefighters may need to use water to put out the fire. Then, if the fire has caused sufficient damage, further water damage could occur depending on the weather. So, your home or business needs to be dried out to prevent further damage.
Step 3: Removing Damaged Materials
Fire and water damage will likely have caused a great deal of irreparable damage to housing materials, so it’s time to clear these out so that repairs can take place. Damaged drywall, flooring, and roofing will be removed as necessary, and tarps set up to keep moisture out.
Step 4: Cleaning
This is often the most intense part of a fire restoration job. It is likely corrosive and dangerous soot will have spread into every nook and cranny of your home. This will require specialized cleaning techniques to reach into and deodorize everywhere smoke might have gotten in your home to prevent future damage and restore its air quality.
Step 5: Repairs
Now the final step in restoring your home can take place, rebuilding any damaged parts of your home. Depending on the scope of the damage, this can take many forms. Often this will require rebuilding or replacing the roof, repairing electrical wiring, replacing drywall and flooring, and painting the home, in other words, anything necessary to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.
Fire can do a lot of damage, but with the right tools and skilled fire damage professionals, your home can be restored to its original condition. Often the process can take a bit of time, but with a bit of patience, you can watch your home return better than ever.
Fire damage restoration is a big job, and it can seem overwhelming. But, RestorePro’s certified technicians can walk you through the process and help you get your home back in no time. To schedule an appointment call us at 1-800-847-0114, or connect with us on Facebook to see more of what RestorePro can do for you.