Fire and Smoke: The Real Damage
Last updated: June 21, 2017
The causes of house fires are many and range from the improbable to the seemingly impossible. Nobody should ever have to suffer the shock, strain and worries caused by a home fire but it happens and all too often. The first and foremost consideration has to be the safety and well-being of the family but the aftermath has to be faced and dealt with and as soon as possible. It’s best to start fire and smoke restoration as soon as possible.
Any house fire, no matter how small, is a major event for those it affects and once the shock has worn off, no time should be wasted in dealing with the aftermath. More often than not, the real damage to the home is caused by the firefighters efforts and by the after effects of smoke and ash.
Once the house has been cleared as safe by the firefighters and safety authorities it does not mean it is immediately inhabitable or even safe to do so. Within hours of the fire being extinguished residual ash and smoke will continue to cause corrosion and discoloration as well as leaving a lingering smell which can be, in extreme cases, toxic.
For these reasons, it is not enough to clean up by yourself although it may seem like a simple task. There are too many pitfalls, and possible dangers, that will not be apparent to you but they are all too familiar to those who make a living dealing with fire and smoke damage restoration. It’s time to call in the experts!
Hire Certified Professionals
There are many private companies to deal with fire and smoke damage restoration but you should be certain you are dealing with one that is IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification requires all participants to have undergone extensive training and coursework to meet the high standards required for this line of work.
It is crucial that these professionals are brought in without delay as metals, glass, wood and other surfaces are still being discolored and damaged even after the fire has long gone out. Any delay will result in further damage and, more than likely, the necessity to replace many items that have gone beyond saving.
Be Safe, Be Insured
No home is ever totally protected against the danger of fire but taking preventative measures will certainly help. The usual suspects such as unprotected fires, blocked chimney flues, candles and smoking should all be top of the watch list. Should the worst happen, adequate insurance coverage for structural damage repairs, redecoration, replacement furniture and fittings, and possible alternative accommodation is vital if you don’t want to suffer financially as well as personally for something that can, and does, happen to anybody.