If a small fire caught in your home and you are looking at the damage and wondering what you should do, it's time to take action and to stop wasting time. Hire a water and fire damage restoration company to come to the property as quickly as possible, instead of trying to find DIY ways to treat the smoke and fire damage. Here are some of the reasons why you need expert help, and why licensed professionals are the best for the job.
Lingering Smoke and Smoot Shouldn't be Inhaled
The smoke from the fire will be absorbed, trapped, and lingering in a variety of materials and areas around the house. If inhaled, the smoke and soot are still as dangerous around the home as they are during the fire, and the house needs to be cleaned.
The fire restoration team can help to remove the smoke and soot to improve air quality, and also to help treat and remove the stains and odors of smoke and soot. The sooner they can work on this, the better the results should be so don't hesitate to have them start right away.
There Could be Many Chemicals and Toxins
Many materials throughout the house are composed of dyes, adhesives, and other chemicals, and these toxins could become airborne and a problem if there is a fire. You want the restoration company to treat all the areas where you could be at the risk of coming into contact with the chemicals, and to extract these poisons from your property.
Water is Another Threat
The fire had to be put out with water and chemicals, which presents more problems for the home. You need the water also cleaned and extracted so mold doesn't develop while you are trying to treat the fire damage. The restoration company should be good at doing this as well. The water needs to be extracted quickly, to prevent staining and smells as well.
Your homeowners insurance company should be prepared to pay for the costs of restoration and cleaning after a fire, so be sure to call your claims adjuster right away if you are worried about having to pay out of pocket for the work that has to be done. The adjuster will let you know the budget that they will have you work in, or what they will compensate. You may have to pay more but it's worth the investment to be safe and to live in a clean home.