A tragic fire damage to a home
Fire incidents are probably the major setback reason for anyone’s happiness. Not only such incidents leave you scarred for life, but they also leave you feeling incomplete, as if some part of your life has been tarnished for good.
Kitchen flare ups, electrical fires and smoke from closed fireplaces spread the smoke all through the house and char the walls, practically covering everything in a sooty ash grey appearance. Though fire restoration is not in an individual’s hands and we cannot attempt to undo the damage without the help of a professional agency, it could still be possible to save your valuable furniture, carpets and walls from the odor and the ashes post fire. The road for recovery post fire could be difficult and it is important to adopt appropriate steps to ensure that the damage restoration process is quick and as smooth as possible.
The five steps that could be considered during the fire damage restoration process are:
1. Repairing the damage on the walls:
There is always a degree of damage caused to the walls due to fire and smoke, even when they have been caked with paint or paper. Most commonly, smoke imprints can be cleaned off with bleach and detergents after a brief episode of scrubbing; the soot from the smoke deposits a greasy layer on the walls which can be a tough nut to crack. Even if you’re considering repainting, it should be best instituted only after cleaning the remains of the dirt and the smoke.
2. Removing molds and mildew from wall corners:
The water used for fire extinguishing introduces molds and mildew at wall corners which could result in causing serious respiratory problems. They also have the potential to contaminate walls, vents, mattresses, carpets and clothing. The best way to act is to remove the molds and ventilate all the affected rooms.
3. Concentrating on the floor:
Enormous amount of water could be used in extinguishing a fire; however, in an endeavour to douse the fire, the floors and carpets may end up absorbing huge amounts of water. It is important to replace the carpets affected with water damage to avoid formation of molds. Houses with vinyl flooring could support water seepage which needs to be addressed to prevent permanent damage. Sometimes the assistance of a professional fire damage restoration company could be warranted in this regard.
4. Cleaning clothes:
Clothes are sure to get subjected to greasy deposits of smoke, if they were kept anywhere close to the fire area. It is important not to wash them with the other clothes while dry cleaning always remains the best option.
5. Cleaning Dishes:
If the fire scene happens in the kitchen, it is absolutely essential to clean the dishes before use in order to avoid consumption of poisonous gases and deposits. Mere scrubbing is not enough and the dishes need to be soaked in a bleach solution for at least 20 minutes before the next scrub.
The most important point to consider in fire restoration process is that, no single article in the house should be touched with your bare hands, as this may cause further damage to your belongings. It is important to wear gloves and cover your face with a mask during the endeavor.
Jack Hunter is a freelance writer who writes on a myriad of topics. He however specializes in writing home improvement and technology related articles. His says fire damage restoration and mold remediation is the best way to restore your house to its previous glory.