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The Fire Restoration Process

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning of smoke and soot in Nassau Bay, TX

The Fire Restoration Process

A fire can do serious damage to your Nassau Bay, TX, home. The following steps outline the fire restoration process:

1. Assess the situation. After all family members are safe, it is time to take stock of the damage done. File a claim with your fire insurance, and ask if they have any specific instructions for you. Ask the fire department if it is safe to go back inside your home.

2. Secure the property. The fire itself or the fire-fighting efforts may have left holes in the roof, broken windows, or created other openings in the structure. Tarp over or board up these openings to keep out wildlife, trespassers, and inclement weather.

3. Address water damage. If you are cleared to go back inside your house, it is important to begin the fire restoration process as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If there is water left over from the fire extinguishing efforts, dry it up as soon as possible. Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours. There are specialized pumps and vacuums available for standing water. If porous surfaces have been soaked, you may need a dehumidifier to finish the drying process. Opening windows and doors can also help.

4. Clean smoke and soot. When soot accumulates on surfaces, it can lead to corrosion. Different types of fire and smoke lead to different types of soot. A professional can determine the appropriate cleaner to use for the soot present in your home. Smoke and its residual odor can linger long after the fire has been extinguished. Fortunately, there are different smoke cleaning methods available today. A professional can determine the best approach for your home.

5. Repair and replace damaged items. Some items may only need a new coat of paint, but other items may have to be fully replaced or rebuilt. A professional can help you determine what is and is not salvageable.
Restoring fire damage can be an overwhelming task. Fortunately, a qualified restoration company can help you with every step of the fire restoration process.

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