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When a fire destroys your home, it’s a devastating and emotional experience. Even when everyone is safe and sound, losing a lifetime of memories and valuable items can be challenging to deal with—in addition to losing your place to live.
Not every house fire is a total loss. In many cases, fire restoration can help you salvage your home and some of your possessions. However, returning to your home to live after a fire isn’t as easy as removing burned debris and giving your house a thorough cleaning.
Here’s what homeowners need to know about cleaning and restoring your home after a fire
Make Sure It’s Safe
Fire is one of the most destructive forces on earth. It can quickly burn through the flammable drywall, wood, insulation, and furnishings of most homes.
However, if the response to a house fire is quick enough to save most of your home, there’s hope to restore and rebuild without considering your home a total loss. Before you can begin the cleanup process, make sure your house is still structurally sound.
- Confirm with your local fire marshall that your home is safe to return
- Hire an inspector or engineer to test the load-bearing walls, roofing, and foundation
- Consult your insurance adjuster to approve a salvage operation under your homeowner’s policy
If everyone confirms that your house is safe to restore, it’s time to get to work!
Before you can clean or rebuild, remove burned and damaged debris from your home. Use a professional team like Cleanup and Total Restoration to safely remove and dispose of damaged furniture and pieces of your home.
This can be dangerous work! Relying on experts to handle this part of your home’s restoration keeps your family safe and ensures the job takes place according to local ordinances.
Clean Walls and Floors
After a fire, you’ll find floors and walls coated with soot. Vacuum dried soot to help reduce the amount of messy scrubbing you’ll do next.
When you’ve removed the dried soot, scrub the walls with mild detergents or bleach. Don’t repaint walls until you’ve thoroughly cleaned away all soot and allowed the walls to dry.
Take Care of Water Damage
A house fire comes with plenty of water damage, too. Fire hoses pour gallons of water into your home to douse the fire, and it leaves a wet mess of ruined carpets, roofing materials, and drywall behind.
To avoid mold and mildew growth, remove these water-damaged areas before starting repairs.
Choose Professional Contractors For Repairs
When it’s time to rebuild, choose professionals who know how to work within fire damage restoration in a home. Some restoration companies also offer construction services. These experts can be an excellent choice to bring your home back to life after a fire.
Recover Your Home With Fire Restoration
It’s possible to recover your home with the right fire restoration. Be meticulous about recovery, cleaning, and choosing the right professionals to restore your home.
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