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Important Dos and Don’ts for Fire Damage Repair
House fires happen without warning, and they can quickly become life-threatening. These fires can inflict a tremendous amount of damage to the building, its furnishings, and other belongings.
Fire can overwhelm the property owners, and often after the fire is extinguished, owners struggle to deal with the complex issues left in its wake.
The damages from the fire can be devastating to see and experience. Whether the house was a rental property or your own, it can be difficult to accept that a fire destroyed your home.
Fire damage repair is crucial since the aftermath of fire often leaves behind damage that makes the property uninhabitable. Contacting a team experienced in fire damage restoration quickly is key to returning your home (or office) to its best condition.
We have compiled a list of some dos and don’ts that might prove helpful when dealing with fire damage repair.
The Dos of Fire Damage Repair
The tasks or ‘dos’ described below are some non-negotiable and must-do steps that one needs to take if they are dealing with fire damage repair.
Contact Fire Damage Restoration Specialists
Once the fire is extinguished and the firefighters have cleared the scene, call a fire damage restoration specialist immediately.
These damage and restoration specialists are professionals and are expert in managing the repair process. With years of training and skill-learning, these experts equipped with the right tools and methods that can restore your property to its former glory.
It is essential to ascertain that the fire restoration specialist you hire is certified. Their expertise will make all the difference when it comes to repairing fire damage.
Turn off Utilities
To help ensure nothing else retriggers the fire adds any further cause of injury, turn off all the utilities in your home or office. The process includes turning off the water, gas, and electricity which will allow the restoration specialist to verify if any of the systems sustained damage.
Check Electrical Appliances
Once you’ve turned off the electricity and are waiting for the damage restoration team to arrive, give your appliances a look over. Open the doors of the fridge and freezer to prevent mildew and mold that can come after a fire has been extinguished.
The Don’ts of Fire Damage Repair
Here’s what you should avoid while dealing with fire damage repair:
Turn on Electrical Appliances
Depending on the damage sustained and intensity of the fire, turning on electrical appliances is dangerous. Since you don’t know the extent of the damage, wait for the restoration specialists to assess the damage.
Walk near Fire Damage
Be aware of potentially compromised walls, floors, and ceilings. Fires can cause severe structural damage that you might not be able to see. It is best to err on the side of safety and steer clear from the site of the fire.
Wipe Fire Extinguisher Powder
You may be tempted to begin cleaning by wiping up the fire extinguisher powder. Don’t. This is a task best left for the professional damage restoration team.
Don’t Eat Food Exposed to the Fire
Any food left open in the fire might have been exposed to smoke, soot or the fire extinguisher powder. Consuming contaminated food can cause severe health issues.
Now that you know what and what not to do when you’re dealing with fire damage, remember that you should always call an expert. You might be tempted to start the clean-up process once the fire is extinguished and that is understandable. However, the best course of action for the safety of your property and yourself is to call a fire damage repair specialist. The services they provide and the tools that they use are specialized for proper restoration of your property.
The team at B+M Restorations provides expert fire damage repair services by licensed and reliable professionals. Contact us to ensure fast and expertly-done restoration.