Many homeowners believe that after the firefighters leave after putting out the fire, the danger is done and over with. This is not the truth; unless you have professionals help clean the smoke and soot damage, your property will never be returned to its former state. Although the techniques behind fire and smoke restoration aren’t extremely difficult, it still requires knowledge, experience, and manpower to complete the job in an effective manner. In turn, this means that a professional should always be called in this type of situation.
Even though the fire has been put out, what is left behind will continue to damage the house if not taken care of. If ash and smoke are left untouched for an extended amount of time it will begin to corrode and discolor your surfaces, as well as leave a lingering pungent odor. Professionals in the field can stop this before it becomes a larger issue if they are contacted in a timely manner. There are many companies that advertise fire and smoke restoration, but only companies with proper training and certification should be hired. Any company that advertises IICRC technicians means that their technicians have undergone extensive coursework and uphold all industry standards to date.
Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items that were directly affected, but they must be taken to an offsite location to stop any further damage from being sustained due to ash. Ash begins to discolor surfaces quite quickly, it can happen within minutes. After a couple of days have passed, the ash will cause walls to be discolored permanently, as well as clothing and any upholstery. Also, wood and any vinyl materials will need to be replaced.
If you do not call in a professional to clean the damage, the cost for services will catapult after a couple of weeks. Many items in the home may need to be replaced due to discoloration. Also, any lingering odors will only intensify, and it can become very distracting. Ash is acidic and if you wait to call the experts, the more damage will be sustained.
When a team of professionals first arrives to your property, the first thing they will do is indentify all of the affected materials and the source of lingering odors. The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be thorough and meticulous. Ash residue can spread easily throughout the building, in turn causing nearly everything on the property to need restoration services. These experts will determine what and what cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built up ash from the surfaces. Once this is finished the company will locate the odor and treat it with detergents that are made specifically for neutralizing the odor that is present. Once the materials are finished being treated they will be sealed off to prevent any further damage from occurring in the future.
If you need any type of repairs from fire damage, make sure to contact the Restoration Pros for expert service from IICRC certified technicians!