Did a fire recently damage your home? Are you looking for Do it yourself, DIY, fire restoration tips to save some money on restoration? But the simple fact is: fire and smoke damage restoration are not an amateur’s job. Here are four reasons why trying to clean up the mess on your own could be troublesome.
FIRE DAMAGED OBJECTS may EXPOSE you to HIDDEN HEALTH HAZARDS
Unfortunately, the dangers of a fire do not end when the flames disappear. The smoke and soot that remain are more than dirty little mementos of the disaster that happened. Contact with fire-damaged objects and remaining debris can be harmful to your health.
Soot formation occurs after a fire because plastic, foam, textiles, wood, and other household materials do not burn cleanly. The soot then contains poisonous substances that do not burn completely. Invisible soot particles floating in the air can contain carcinogenic asbestos fibers, ammonia, tar, formaldehyde, and much more. As you walk through your fire-ravaged home, chemical-laden soot can enter your eyes and penetrate your skin. If it reaches your lungs, you may experience short-term shortness of breath, asthma, and other breathing problems. Over time, you may develop bronchitis, have a heart attack, or be diagnosed with cancer.
Soot contamination in a house damaged by fire is obviously highest during the cleaning process. However, if not properly cleaned, the health effects of smoke can persist for years. For this reason, you should leave fire restoration to a fire damage restoration company like us that can use deep cleaning techniques to truly restore your home to its pre-fire condition.
You REQUIRE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
A bottle of degreaser and a dust mask are not close enough to adequately clean up the damage caused by fire and smoke. After all, you can’t just clean the soot. All surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned to remove persistent health hazards and residual odors. Professional tools, not to mention knowledge of correct cleaning techniques, are the foundation of complete and safe fire restoration.
Also, note that washing smoke-damaged clothing in your washing machine can increase damage and leave undesirable odors in the washing machine. You will need to use special dry-cleaning techniques if you expect to store damaged clothing in a fire.
You may THROW away USABLE PROPERTY by MISTAKE
It is easy for the untrained eye to examine the damaged property and see many of it as lost property. However, with advanced restoration techniques, a fire restoration professional can help minimize your damage. For truly irreversible contaminated items, proper disposal avoids unnecessary health risks.
Your RECOVERY PROCESS could TAKE much LONGER
Restoring your home to its pre-fire state is not an easy task. You have things to save, put in order, and the structure of the house to repair. Then there are insurance claims to minimize the financial impact of the fire. The whole process is a headache to try yourself.
In fact, your efforts to save money on home improvement fire remediation could easily backfire if you throw away your usable belongings and fill out insurance claims incorrectly. The time it takes to clean without help can also be detrimental. Relying on a fire restoration professional who is familiar with all aspects of the disaster recovery process is a much better option.
You may UNKNOWINGLY INVITE FLOODING and MOLD DAMAGE after a FIRE
It is not uncommon for water damage (which then leads to mold) to occur after a fire accident. After all, heavy rains could seep through your damaged roof, or a burst pipe could flood your basement. Cleaning accumulated water after a fire is not enough to control the damage. Fortunately, fire restoration services include flood inspection, mold inspection, and a damage control plan.
If you ignore the water damage, mold will grow in less than two days. To prevent your walls and floors from becoming infested, avoid cleaning your house with household products and let a reputable company do it for you.
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