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The Basics Of Fire Damage Restoration: What To Expect

by Ella Curtis

Home fires occur every day across the country and bring with them an urgent need for fire damage restoration services. Whether you've experienced a house fire or you simply want to be sure that you are prepared in the event of one, it's important to understand the fire damage restoration process. Here's a look at what you need to know about what will happen in the aftermath of a house fire.

The Restoration Company Will Do an On-Site Assessment

The very first step in a fire damage restoration project is a thorough on-site assessment. The restoration company will send someone to your home to examine the extent of the damage in person. 

This step is important because it ensures not only an accurate quote for the services but also adequate and properly trained staff for any special situations that may need to be addressed. Be prepared to meet the evaluator at the house so that you can ask or answer questions as needed to facilitate the process.

Water Removal Is the First Active Step

Few people think about water removal when they think of fire damage restoration. That's because fire damage automatically triggers thoughts of burned materials, soot, and smoke. However, any time you have a fire, water will be a part of the aftermath.

Remember that the fire department will use water hoses to extinguish the fire. While some of that water will evaporate when it comes in contact with the heat from the fire, truly extinguishing a fire will mean saturating areas of your home with water. 

Since mold can start growing within a day or two with persistent moisture, it's important that the water damage is addressed first. Once all of the water is extracted and the wet areas and items are dried out, then the restoration process will progress to dealing with the damage from the actual fire.

Soot Removal Should Come Before Moving Any Other Items Inside

Soot is a byproduct of any petroleum-based product burning. This includes heating oils, certain plastics, and other materials. You'll likely have some soot residue throughout your home after the fire. 

Because it is a byproduct of petroleum products, soot is naturally greasy and can be difficult to remove. Not only that, but if you move furniture or items in your home while soot is still present, it can easily be ground into surfaces such as flooring, carpets, and furniture. Once that happens, it is extremely difficult to get rid of.

Your fire damage restoration company will address any soot residue before they start moving furniture or other items to deal with the smoke damage and other issues.

These are the first few steps that you can expect from your fire damage restoration process. Talk with a contractor near you today for more information.