Smoke damage is a common issue for those who have experienced a fire in their home. If not addressed immediately, it can leave stains, discolorations and permanent odors on carpets, furniture and bedding. The longer smoke and soot remain unchecked, the worse it will become. That is why it is essential to contact a fire and smoke damage restoration company as soon as possible.
Assess the Smoke Damage
First, conduct an assessment of your property to determine the extent of damage and what steps will be taken to restore it back to pre-loss condition.
At this inspection, Pruden Restoration professionals will use advanced equipment to pinpoint the precise location and extent of smoke and soot damage. They may also detect any hazardous or toxic materials that were present during the fire. They will then map out the areas they believe to have suffered the most damage and begin to remove contaminated items and clean all areas where smoke or soot are present.
Once a thorough survey is concluded, the next step should be taken to secure the property. This involves board up doors and windows as well as clearing away debris from around them. This step is taken to prevent cross contamination and the reinstitution of any toxic or hazardous chemicals into your home.
It’s essential to ensure all areas of the home have been secured and examined thoroughly. Doing so will protect both its structural integrity as well as minimize further damage caused by smoldering ashes.
Before beginning to clean, ensure you have all necessary safety equipment such as rubber gloves and goggles. Additionally, have a clean rag, dry sponge and vacuum in case you need to reach some hard-to-reach places.
Smoke and soot damage restoration can be a time-consuming task, so it’s best to hire an expert for this task. Not only will this reduce the amount of time necessary to get your property back in order, but it will also keep costs down.
When calling for smoke damage and fire restoration services, always opt for an IICRC-certified company to do the job. This way, you can be certain that they will properly restore your home or business back to its pre-fire condition.
Once an initial evaluation is conducted, restoration technicians can begin to remove damaged items and replace them with new ones if needed. They will also sanitize any surfaces that are still smoke or soot stained in order to reduce odors.
If the fire was small, they may be able to clean some of your items on their own. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the best solution for large-scale smoke damage.
Smoke and soot damage fabrics, paint, wood, glass, countertops, floors and walls in your home. The resulting stains and discolorations may render certain materials unsalvageable; in some cases it will be necessary to replace them entirely.