Get the Facts about Fire Damage Restoration
Many people have no idea just how common fires are. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, there is a structural fire in the United States every 65 seconds. Getting the fire out is the first step in moving forward, but then the owner must deal not only with the smoke and soot damage, but potential water damage as well. The good news is that Dennis Emergency Restoration is here to help.
Call for Fire Damage Restoration as Soon as Possible
One of the most important aspects of ensuring that your fire damage restoration goes as well as it possibly can is to ensure that you call as soon as possible. The first 24 – 48 hours are absolutely critical in saving as much of your property as possible. Smoke and soot are both acidic, which means that they can do damage even when the fire is long gone.
You will also likely be dealing with the impact of hundreds of gallons of water that were used to put out the fire – and potentially chemical fire treatment agents as well.
The Essential Steps Involved in Fire Restoration
Of course, we will create a specific plan to clean your property and restore it to its former state. That said, some of the steps we generally follow include:
- Assessing the damage. We must know how far the fire and smoke traveled throughout your home as well as how extensive the damage was.
- Boarding up. If you have lost part of your roof, we will tarp it. We will board up broken doors and windows to prevent additional damage and to protect your home from vandalism.
- Clean up. The first two steps secure your property. The third one is when we finally get to getting rid of soot, smoke, charred materials, and odors. The way we clean up a particular fire depends on the classification of that fire.
The Five Fire Classifications
The classification of a fire indicates the materials that were combusted. This information is necessary to know how to treat the fire and restore your property. The classifications are as follows:
- Materials that leave an ash such as wood and paper.
- Flammable or combustible liquids such as gas and oil.
- Electrical fires.
- Combustible metals.
- Oils, animal fat, or grease.
If the wrong method is used to clean up one type of fire, it can cause additional damage and may prevent full restoration from being possible. That is why we recommend you work with the professionals who have the skills, training, and equipment to get the job done correctly.
We Work to Remove What the Fire Left Behind
Of course, water and physical damage are not the only things a fire can leave behind. It is typical to also need to remove smoke, soot, and odors. This involves getting rid of the source of the smell – not just the effects of it. To get started, call Dennis Emergency Restoration at 626-660-8601 and let us help you now.