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The Aftermath of Fire Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

The Aftermath of Fire Damage

Fire damage can be an incredibly frustrating problem to deal with. Aside from the problems associated with the fire itself, additional issues can come from soot damage and smoke damage. Possessions that survive a fire can have a lingering smoke smell. These are just examples of the minor, less-noticeable damages that can occur from a fire in your home or a fire in a business. There are many essential things to know when attempting fire damage restoration.

Before re-entering any structure for fire cleanup the most important thing you can do is look for structural damage to the building. Following a fire in a home different parts of the home may be exposed to the elements due to holes in the structure known as breaches. The same can be said of fire in a business. Even if you suffered very little commercial fire damage to your inventory, breaches can make fire damage restoration even more of a headache by creating new avenues for inventory or property to be damaged outside of the usual fire damage, smoke smell or soot smell.

Once you have ensured that you have had no breaches you can begin the process of water removal, the second step of fire cleanup. Fire damage is only the beginning of the problem, as water from the emergency response team can also damage objects. While the safety of any residents or visitors from fires in homes or fires in businesses is always the obvious and unquestionable priority, the water damage incurred can be severe. This is also true from fires in a business, where commercial fire damage might be minimal but the water damage that occurs from extinguishing the structure fire can still be major.

Next, with water removed you can begin the lengthy process of soot removal. Soot is the ashy residue left from burnt materials. Soot damage is one of the worst parts of fire cleanup because soot can get almost everywhere and simply taking stock of things that have soot damage can be tiresome and time consuming. Nonetheless, it is an important part of assessing commercial fire damage. Soot is not only an issue for fire in a business but also for fires in homes. Minor possessions that have soot damage are not worth the time or energy to try to reverse damage from soot. Instead, just make note of them and discard them. More expensive possessions might merit the time and energy of cleaning soot. This is an essential part of fire damage restoration.

The third step in fire cleanup is the process of taking account of damage to the building itself. Note any damage to the walls, ceilings, or floors. Even if walls are still in-tact it is important to examine them for any smoke damage or soot damage. In the process of fire damage restoration some walls, ceilings or floors can be repaired. However, sometimes the fire damage is so severe that they must be entirely replaced. It is important to note this to assess its bearing on total commercial fire damage.

Finally, once you have examined the structure and your possessions, as well as cleaned any soot and addressed any soot damage, it is time to address smoke. Smoke damage is one of the hardest parts of fire damage to notice. Porous items should be thoroughly examined for any smoke smells. Clothing can sometimes be permanently affected by a smoke smell and as such cheap clothing should be cataloged and discarded, as with cheaper items affected by soot. More expensive clothing can be cleaned to help address the smoke smell, but sometimes the smell can be an irreversible affect of smoke damage. Smoke damage can affect heating and cooling elements of a home or business so be sure to change filters and clean your ventilation ducts. Most importantly, no matter the damage, prepare yourself for a long, but not impossible, process.
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