Fire mishaps at your office or your home can be devastating; emotionally and physically. You can lose all your treasured belongings and might feel helpless. But it is crucial to stay calm and tackle the situation effectively. Here are few fire damage restoration tips that you can follow.
Beginning with your walls; paint and wall paper can get damaged in a fire. If your walls are damaged severely, then you should scrub them using bleach and detergents. Before scrubbing, remember to dust the soot off your walls. If you want to repaint your wall, ensure that the wall is dry and clean before you start painting it.
Another major problem which requires attention, while restoring the damage caused by water that is used to put off the fire, is mildew and mold. It is always better to get professionals to get rid of the mold and mildew, which can cause health problems. They can also contaminate your vents, walls, carpets, mattresses, furniture and clothing. You should also air out the rooms immediately after the fire is put off.
Since water is used to extinguish fire, your carpets and floors will absorb most of it. It is always recommended to remove the carpets that are damaged by water and replace them as soon as possible. Water can seep through cracked wood and vinyl flooring, so this problem has to be addressed immediately. Also, it is always better to call fire damage restoration professionals to help you fix this problem.
Another major problem is to clean your clothes if they are damaged due to the smoke. Be sure that you do not smear the soot or put your sooty clothes in the wash. Instead, the best thing to consider is dry cleaning. After your clothes have been dry-cleaned, you can wash them once again with detergent.
It is essential to clean your dishes thoroughly after fire mishaps as they can be risky to your health when the soot and dust mix with food. If your dishes are not clean even after washing, it is better to throw them out. Also remember to clear your freezer and fridge before the food gets contaminated. To be on a safe side, it is always better to throw off the food if it is in anyway affected by the fire.
It is important to claim for insurance so that you get back at least a small percentage of what you have lost due to the fire mishap. You can consult an independent insurance adjuster to help you with the processes involved in insurance.