House fires are among the worst fears of many homeowners. Even though it is possible to take precautions in the form of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, fires can still start at any time and without warning. For homeowners who have had to live through this devastating occurrence, it’s best to hire a professional fire restoration company to repair the home and restore it back to its former condition.
The fire restoration process consists of two stages. First comes assessment, which is when the fire restoration professionals will evaluate the damage and note its location and extent. This generally involves creating an extensive inventory of structural damage, smoke odor problems, water damage from sprinklers or firefighters’ hoses, soot stains, and damaged and discarded items.
The data the fire restoration team gathers will help with the second stage, remediation. During remediation, the team will repair the damage, remove any hazards that may be lurking, and make the home safe to live in once again. The tools and techniques that are used during the remediation process will vary according to the location and extent of the damage.
One of the first steps of the remediation process is debris removal. During this stage, the repair team will remove and discard any items that are too damaged to be salvageable. This will allow you to take stock of what you will need to replace and what you can still use, and will be helpful when you file an insurance claim. Additionally, removing debris and damaged items will give the repair team more room to work when fixing structural damage and restoring the home.
In addition to removing debris, the remediation team will need to dry out the home. The water from sprinklers and firefighters’ hoses causes its own damage, which can often compound the damage caused by flames and smoke. Excess moisture within a home can lead to mildew and mold. Water from hoses may also flood the property, leading to structural damage caused by oversaturation.
Once the home has been dried out and the debris has been cleared, remediation team can clean your ducts and HVAC system. During house fires, both ducts and HVAC systems invariably become clogged and filled with soot and other debris. If the ductwork isn’t cleaned, it can cause serious respiratory problems for you and your family.
In the case of severe and widespread conflagrations, it may also be necessary to repair structural damage to the home itself. Fire restoration companies can either rebuild the damage themselves or recommend a professional contracting company that will be able to carry out the necessary repairs. In many cases, the remediation company will work directly with your insurance company, which will make the process of filing a claim and getting the repair work started much easier.