There’s no doubt that witnessing a fire in one’s home or apartment is one of the worst experiences anyone can ever go through. Whether the damage was due to an engulfing furnace or a simple burst of flames, the ordeal is typically horrific if not traumatic. Nevertheless, after the blazing fire is quelled, there is always a chance to rise again from the ashes. And this is by via a comprehensive fire damage restoration process. This process consists of various stages which should only begin when the fire has been completely put out.
- Assessing the damage.
Any fire damage restoration plan has to comprise of some kind of damage assessment part. This way you can begin to accurately estimate or come to terms with the losses incurred. Consequently, you can be in a position to draw up a constructive budget of how best replacing the structures, equipment or furniture destroyed by the fire. Start by replacing the architectural framework in order to restore the structural integrity of the building. If your house was insured, this can be a good time to fill out damage claims with the help of All Aces Services and your insurance company.
- The clean up phase.
This is the next stage of the fire damage restoration plan. The labour intensity of the clean-up process depends on the severity of the fire. If the fire was small or was put out before spreading extensively, you can easily clean out some of the rubble and the remnants of the inferno. Nevertheless, in case the fire had wrecked some serious damage to your property, then you might want to hire the services of an external fire damage restoration agency. In such cases, the cleaning might be too labour intensive or even dangerous for you to do it by yourself.
- Repair and replacement.
Again if the fire damage was extensive, this part is best handled by a fire restoration company. It always starts by inspecting the building. The inspection is important in evaluating the extent of damage caused by the flames. Look out for signs of warping or charring. Any structure compromised, be it a door frame or window sill should be replaced as soon as possible. Other areas to inspect include utility lines such as potentially hazardous or exposed gas pipes, naked electrical cables, weakened plumbing etc. Remember that failure to ensure that complete repairs are made will only predispose you and other occupants of the house to accidental injury.
- Aeration and elimination of smoke odour.
It is typical for a stench of smoke to hang over a building where a recent fire had occurred. Sometimes the odour can be so strong that it becomes impossible to inhabit the house. In such situations, you will need to clean out the smoke and soot as final part the fire damage restoration process. Usually, ozone deodorisation or fogging can easily get rid of any hints of charring or smoke in a room. However, you will need to use a trained professional in clearing out the smoke as the above listed methods could be potentially dangerous to you.