A house fire is considered one of the most difficult experiences a homeowner will ever find themselves in. Cleaning after it is even more difficult: in addition to the amount of work required, the emotional gravity of dealing with lost property is a lot to handle. Read on as Fire and water damage restoration company Action Restoration shares an overview of the work that it takes to clean up after a house fire.
Once the fire is extinguished, the first thing to do is to inspect the house for safety. There may be hidden damage to load-bearing walls or electrical wiring, which can be hazardous. Later, during the course of restoration, these potential hazards will need to be corrected first. This safety inspection is typically conducted by the fire marshal along with a representative of your insurance provider.
If you wish to document the damage yourself, wait until the site is cleared for safety. There will still be lingering soot and ash in the air, so you, along with everyone else at the site, should wear protective gear: closed-toe shoes, safety glasses and long-sleeved shirts. You can use your phone to document the damage. Your home insurance may refer you restoration companies in the area.
Clearing the Debris
Assuming that you have already made arrangements for your family’s accommodations, wait for your insurance adjuster to greenlight cleaning the area. If you are considering cleaning the house yourself, don’t; a burnt house is like a stack of bricks. Pull the wrong piece and a wall might go tumbling down. Professionals have the manpower and safety procedures to ensure a fast and efficient cleaning process. Temporary supports will be put in place until repairs are done.
Cleaning the Interior
In the event of partial fire damage, some parts of the house will likely be left intact. Furniture, drapes and valuables will remain intact but will likely be covered in soot or smoke odors. At this stage, a lot of restoration work will need to be done. The more experienced your restoration company is, the sooner you and your family will begin moving on.
Action Restoration is your leading provider of home restoration and mold remediation services. Give us a call at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.