What Are the Steps You Should Take After Fire Damages Your Home?
Did your home recently suffer from fire damage? The first thing you will need to do is assess the damage. Even if the home has maintained its structural integrity, their may still be hazards in the home.
The first step you will want to do is wet down everything. This will keep ash and sparks from starting other fires or burning you, and it will also minimize the amount of dust particles you breathe in.
While you clean up, you will want to wear protective gear. Get a good pair of thick disposable plastic gloves for touching things that are really dirty.
For a lot of the work, though, you will want to wear leather gloves which will will protect your hands from sharp objects.
You will also want to wear a N-95 respirator, and goggles or protective eyewear. Finally get throwaway plastic clothing that will cover your whole body and thick rubber boots.
First of all, you will want to get air moving and open windows to ventilate the home more.
Once everything has been wet down, you will want to dry everything out again. You can try to clean items such as the carpet before you dry them to remove soot and other dirt so that it doesn’t set in permanently, but at the same time, you want to work fast so that the sub flooring underneath your carpets does not get damaged beyond repair by mold.
You will need to read additional information about how to get soot off of your walls and furniture.
Before you get too far along in the process of restoring your home from fire damage, you will want to consult professional fire damage restoration experts about a process known as thermal fogging.
Thermal fogging can help get rid of the smoky smell that is now overwhelmingly strong everywhere in your house.
Thermal fogging is a chemical process that penetrates through your walls the same way the fire did, neutralizing smoke odors.
However, after you inspect the home, you may find that you do not want to re-build or repair it. It may end up costing more to repair the home than to just rebuilt it.
And, if thermal fogging does not work, the smoky smell will be pretty much impossible to get rid of. So you will have to decide based on the extent of the fire damage whether or not you should repair or just re-build.