Steps to Take After Fire and Smoke Damage
If your property needs fire smoke damage restoration, here are some of the steps involved. Aside from the assessment, removal of your belongings, and cleanup of the debris, you’ll want to be familiar with all the other steps too, especially when you hire a team to do the restoration work. Here’s what you can expect.
Secure the Foundation
To get started, the crew will need to secure the foundation to prevent any more damage from happening. That typically involves plugging up the holes or any of the weakened structures. If any part of the structure has been singed—whether the floors, walls, or roof—then an inspection is necessary to check whether these should be repaired or replaced. Don’t rely on an ‘eyeball test’ of your interior. Hire pros to check for potential leaks, mold, and other problems.
Clean and Remove Soot
Don’t tackle the smoke and soot damage on your own. These leave stains behind. Pumping and airing out the moisture left behind after fire suppression is an essential step in the cleanup process. Pros have specialized equipment such as heaters and fans to make that happen. With expert assistance, you can prevent mold growth with ease.
Perform the Repairs
Repairs must be done right away. This goes for both the structure and your belongings. Do you have heirloom pieces among your furniture? Some of the items might be impossible to restore if they’ve been subjected for too long to the soot and smoke. Talk to the restoration firm to learn more about the workaround solutions they offer.
Do the Renovation
A lot of people opt for a complete renovation, though. That’s often because of extensive damage. Talk to the restoration firm. Experienced restoration contractors such as SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County know when property owners are much better going for a renovation. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has professional restoration teams that have experience in fire and smoke damage restoration. These IICRC certified teams have the training and equipment to deal with your fire and smoke damage problems and restore your property. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566