When your business or residence experiences a fire, you need to begin fire damage restoration as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage and keep yourself safe.
Fire and smoke damage can devastate your property in a matter of hours. It is important to begin fire damage restoration immediately after the fire is brought under control to limit further damage. Call an emergency restoration service and follow these guidelines to keep yourself and your property safe:
Fire Damage Restoration Don’ts:
Do Not Wait
Fire damage only worsens with time. The acidic chemicals in smoke can begin to discolor, warp, and disintegrate your possessions and your home within a matter of minutes. Fire damage can also be associated with water damage from damaged plumbing and fire hoses.
Within 24 hours, mold and mildew can begin to develop, worsening the damage. Soot can cause permanent stains if not quickly removed from carpets and textiles. Call an IICRC certified fire damage restoration team to ensure that your home is cleaned as thoroughly and quickly as possible.
Do Not Re-Enter Without Clearance
Although time is of the essence, you should not reenter the building until the fire marshal has told you it is safe to do so. None of your possessions are worth risking your life. Even after your home has been cleared by the fire department, it is better to wait to re-enter your home until smoke and floating ash have had a chance to clear and settle—your lungs can sustain serious damage from smoke chemicals and particles.
Do Not Start Cleaning Yourself
Although it is important to get begin restoration within a few hours of a fire, your insurance company will need to see the damage as it is. Do not clean anything until an assessor arrives at your property and examines the damage.
Once insurance clears you, it is reasonable to remove your clothing and other items that can be laundered. Attempting intensive fire damage cleaning yourself can be dangerous—specialist companies have the equipment and training to deal with hazardous conditions.
Fire Damage Restoration Do’s:
Do Call a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Team
After the firefighters and law enforcement officials have the fire under control and give you permission to take action, the first call you need to make is to your insurance company to begin your claim. The second call you make should be to a company that specializes in fire damage restoration.
Although it is possible to clean some damage yourself, a specialist can do a much more thorough job with the industrial equipment and cleaning solvents available to them. It is a good idea to make sure that your insurance company and the contractor you choose are in communication and on the same page in order to avoid disputed claims later.
Do Open Windows
Once the property is cleared and assessed, you can open doors and windows to ventilate the damaged area properly. This will help encourage items to dry out, and make the task of fire damage restoration easier for your emergency restoration team.
Do Wear a Dust Mask
Wear a dust mask before entering a fire- or smoke-damaged area. Soot can get into your lungs and cause both immediate and long-term health consequences. Smoke particles are also fine enough to cause scarring of the lungs.
Do Educate Yourself
Make sure you are kept in the loop about the state of your home or business. Read up on fire damage restoration techniques so you can understand what your fire damage restoration specialists will be doing and why. Ask your fire damage restoration service whether they are ICCRC accredited and closely check their references. You want your home in trustworthy hands.
If you need fire damage restoration services in Arkansas, contact Mystical Construction and Restoration at 877-452-9511. We are open 24/7 all year round. We know that you can’t control when disaster strikes, and we’ll always answer your calls within a few hours.