Remediating property on your own without any professional help is risky. Fire damage professionals are trained on how to do proper fire damage restoration work.We laid out specific steps to help you prepare for the restoration process as a homeowner.
Stabilize the property and ensure it is safe to enter
- Check for signs of structural damage and inspect the property from outside before opening the door.
- Wait for the inspector to deem property is safe to enter.
Minimize damage to your property
Soot and smoke cause damage to property even after extinguishing the fire.
- Identify issues like soot staining, mold, and mildew, rust and corrosion, the air quality of the home.
- Soot, if left on surfaces for a long time, can cause discoloration to surfaces—properly clean sensitive materials such as metals, plastics, carpet, textiles, and wood.
- The fire extinguishing process can give rise to a mold problem, so look out for signs of water damage and use proper water restoration methods to minimize future damage.
- Metals can get oxidized due to water. Test electrical items for corrosion as they can increase the risk of electric shock
- Improve air quality by cleaning smoke damage by using an air scrubber and an air mover. Use smoke damage cleaning products of smoke absorbed surfaces.
Remove soot and debris
- Remove soot and debris from your house surfaces before starting a fire or water restoration process as they can hinder the process.
- Removing debris and soot improves air quality and airborne odors.
Remove possessions which are too damaged to restore
- Practice caution when removing electrical appliances as they can store electricity even after being unplugged.
- Remove items that are not damaged to prevent them from contamination. Put them back after restoring your property and getting them cleaned professionally.
Eliminate excess water and dry down wet surfaces
- Remove standing water immediately to reduce the risk of contamination.
- Dry out water-soaked walls, floors, and subflooring by using air movers and commercial dehumidifiers.
Treat odor – Deodorize and deep clean
- Inform the professionals about your priority items.
- Get updates on salvageable items.
- Attend to fabrics such as carpets and curtains – Get it inspected, shampooed, and restored based on the damage.
- Treat structure with odor repellents to remove the possibility of microbial contamination.
- Use specific cleaning products for various items based on material, smoke penetration, product use, and presence of mold.
Restore HVAC System
- Treat it with filters to ensure air is clean and contains no harmful particles resulting in future health conditions.
Equipment used in fire restoration
The success of restoration depends on the equipment used to get the job done. You need the right fire damage cleaning supplies. The goal is to clean everything and return it before fire conditions: no lingering damage, odor, or stains on the home or material.
Water damage: Use industrial dehumidifiers
- Industrial dehumidifiers: remove moisture from the air – so air can hold more moisture and increase the evaporation from damp objects and dry them out.
- Dehumidifiers with air movers and air scrubbers can effectively and efficiently remove a lot of water in hot and humid conditions.
To clean air: Use HEPA air scrubbers
- To deodorize and clean air: Air scrubber passes the air through various filters to remove contaminants and particles.
- Some vacuum cleaners are equipped with HEPA FILTERS to ensure internal air quality.
- Pair it with an air mover to push air into the scrubber and ensure it is cleaned correctly.
Ventilation and Drying: Air movers
- Used for drying and promoting evaporation. Removing fumes and offering extra ventilation.
- For steady airflow over wet surfaces, put it six inches from any structure.
Safety tips for Fire damage restoration
It is essential to be safe while remediating as it’s a dangerous and challenging job, so follow the rules and industry best practices all times.
Proper safety gear
- Use eye protection, respiratory protection, and gloves.
- Use protective clothing to protect the skin from coming in contact with the hazardous material.
- Respirator keeps you safe from contaminants and carbon airborne particles from smoke and soot.
Be aware of the dangers
- Smoke and soot contain hazardous chemicals.
- These can be absorbed by eyes and skin, inhaled or ingested through the nose or mouth. When soot enters the bloodstream, it results in shortness of breath, stroke, respiratory issues, and death.
- Be careful in confined spaces: Before entering any crawl spaces or attic, make sure it is safe.
These dangers are the reason why professionals are trained in handling clean up safely. Homeowners should not try to attempt restoration of any kind. Every restoration professional will inform you about actions you can safely perform while waiting for them to arrive.
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