Helping You Protect Your Home

Restoring Your Building After It Suffers Serious Fire Damage

by Bernice Stanley

A fire can have the potential to cause widespread damage to the interior of your home. Even fairly small fires can rapidly cause extensive interior damage, but it is often a situation where a homeowner may not be aware of the various steps that will help with managing the restoration process.

Keep Pets Out Of The Fire Damaged Area

For individuals that have pets, it is normal for these animals to be curious about the area in the home that has suffered fire damage. These areas can have a fairly large amount of residue left over from the fire, and this residue can be extremely toxic to your pets. This is in addition to the potential structural damages. If the damage is fairly widespread, boarding your pets until fire damage restoration services are able to complete their work may be the best option for you to take to minimize the risk of health problems for your family pet. For those with respiratory problems or other health issues that can be worsened by the lower air quality, it may also be advisable to vacate the house until the repairs are done.

Smoke Odor Removal

The smoke from the fire could leave a powerful odor in your home's interior space. In many cases, these odors could enter the HVAC system where they may be spread throughout the home's interior. Minimizing this problem will require the entire HVAC system to be thoroughly cleaned to remove any residue, ash, or other debris from the fire. For homes with carpeting, thoroughly steam cleaning and deodorizing the flooring throughout the home will also be needed as the fibers in the carpet can be extremely effective at absorbing and retaining odors. Without professional smoke odor removal services, your home may have residual odors from the smoke for many weeks or months, but a cleaning service can eliminate these smells so that the quality of life in your home will be restored.

Assess The Interior Of The House For Water Damage

Water damage is another common side effect of a fire occurring in a house. In order to extinguish the flames, large amounts of water or fire retardant may be needed. While this will be able to put out the fire, it can also cause water damage to occur to the home. For example, the water may be able to seep deep into the floors or to lower levels of the house. A comprehensive water damage assessment should be completed to determine whether this type of restoration work will be needed to fully restore the home.