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Simple steps to handle fire damage restoration

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co explains what property owners should do after fire damage.

One of the worst things that can happen to you and your family is having your home burned down. Even a minor fire can destroy things you've worked hard to obtain.

The house and its belongings can be harmed by soot, debris, and even firefighting water. So it will require you to take appropriate steps to get your property back to normal after the fire has been put off.

The team at SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co offers fire damage restoration services in Grapevine. Their fire damage restoration specialists have put together the following fire damage restoration checklist:

1. Call fire restoration service fast

After the fire has been put out and everyone has been cleared to go, contact your insurance provider and landlord or mortgage lender to report the fire, then take the necessary action as advised. Typically, you’ll need to hire a fire damage restoration company.

Avoid attempting to fix the property on your own. For everyone's safety, you must allow professionals to enter the building first. Fire remediation has a protocol. You never know how the house will look or how strong the structures will be after a fire. 

2. Fire damage evaluation

A fire damage restoration service must evaluate the damage, and any subsequent water intrusion after ensuring the property is safe to access. In most cases, this entails assessing how deeply the smoke and flames have permeated the property and how extensive any necessary cleanup will likely be.

This process also includes evaluating the inside of the property's contents to identify what you should throw away and what might be restored. A thorough evaluation will give the restoration company a clearer understanding of the job requirements, how much it will cost, and the time needed to complete the restoration. 

3. Remove debris, water, and soot

Long after the fire has been extinguished, water, smoke, and soot can still cause harm. Also, the water used to put out the fire can cause rot, mold, and mildew, in addition to leaving puddles on floors and saturated walls.

Once it has been determined that it is safe to enter the building, the next step is to remove the toxins that could continue to discolor and damage your possessions. Dry out any standing water using fans and humidifiers.

4. Thorough cleaning and deodorization

Depending on the properties to be recovered and the degree of damage, you’ll need strong cleaning agents to wash everything.

The cleaning process should be very comprehensive to eliminate most stains and odors.

Clean and shampoo carpets and remove and wash fabrics like curtains and furniture.

You’ll also need to thoroughly clean any unharmed walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, counters, and other surfaces in the damaged area to eliminate any signs of fire.

5. Property restoration and rebuild

Making repairs or rebuilding fire-damaged areas is the last step in restoring a property to its preloss condition. Certain portions of the building might be significantly damaged beyond repair, necessitating their replacement.

This step may include repairing and replacing the roof, replacing and painting the drywall, restoring the electrical system, replacing interior fixtures, changing the flooring, etc.

The complete restoration process may just take a few days or weeks for smaller house fires, whereas it may take many months or even longer for larger fires.

Work with Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services in Grapevine

SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co is well-equipped to handle your fire and smoke damage cleanup requirements. They are committed to working quickly and effectively to restore your property to a habitable state.

They boast experienced specialists in property restoration who undergo frequent training to stay updated on the most recent tools, procedures, and methodologies. They are available 24/7 to meet your restoration needs.

Call SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co today at (817) 595-2506 to get started.

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