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5 Steps To Assessing Damage After A House Fire And Beginning The Process Of Cleaning Up And Rebuilding Your Home

by Ella Curtis

House fires can be stressful and there is a lot of work to be done to pick up from the ashes and rebuild your home. You will need to start by assessing the damage, and then, begin cleaning up the ashes and damaged materials. When you begin repairs and rebuilding, there are improvements that you may want to do to prevent future fires. The following steps will help walk you through the process of assessing fire damage and begin cleaning up to complete repairs to your home:

1. Assessing the Damage and Addressing Hazards After Fire Has Affected Your Home

You will want to begin with the fire damage restoration by assessing the damage to your home. If it is possible, separate the damaged area from unaffected areas of your home. In addition, make sure the utilities are off and look for any hazards that need to be addressed before you begin cleaning up and restoring your home.

2. Inspecting the Structural Damage and Problems with Mechanical Systems Due to Fire

Assessing the extent of the damage will only tell you the problems and hazards that are present after a fire. Therefore, it is important to have an inspection of the structure and mechanical systems done. This will tell you repairs that have to be done, as well as any mechanical problems that could be fire hazards or the source of where the fire started that damaged your home.

3. Begin Cleaning Up the Soot and Ashes from The Damaged Area of Your Home to Prepare for Demolition

Once you have inspected the structural and mechanical systems, you will be ready to start cleaning. Remove all the ash and soot from the area that was affected by fire, and then begin cleaning up the smoke damage that may be embedded in materials. Repeat the cleaning several types to get rid of the odors of fire that can linger after repairs are completed.

4. Demolition of Structural Damage, Finishes and Mechanical Installations to Get Your Home Ready for Repairs

The fire probably caused damage to some of the wood structural framing of your home. It is usually a better decision to tear out all these materials and replace them when doing the restoration. This will ensure that there is not smoke, or ash left that could cause odors after the restoration repairs are completed. You will also need to do the demolition of mechanical systems and finishes in the area that was affected by the fire.

5. Rebuilding the Structural Damage, Installing New Mechanical Systems and Finishes To Complete The Restoration Process

This step in the process is going to be more like new construction than restoration. The first step is to rebuild the structural damage with new framing and then to install new mechanical systems. Once the structure and mechanical systems have been inspected, you will be ready to finish the repairs and install new finishes to complete the repairs.

These are the steps that you will need to go through to assess damage after a house fire and begin picking up the pieces and rebuilding your home. If your home has recently been damaged by fire, contact a fire damage restoration contractor to assess the damage and begin rebuilding your home from the ashes. 

For more information on fire damage, contact a service.