If a fire has recently damaged your home, you’re probably under a lot of stress and disappointment. However, not all has been lost. Through the fire damage restoration process, the experts can make your home as good as new. Some victims of fire damage even use their misfortune as an opportunity to renovate their homes, leaving their property even better than it was before the fire.
Once the fire has been put out, you should reach out to the fire damage restoration experts as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If you’re still undecided as to which company to choose, consider hiring Biosweep of Alabama. Not only are we able to expertly repair fire damage, but we also have extensive experience in moisture control and renovation, as well as odor elimination. We’ll leave your home looking and smelling as fresh as the day it was built.
Step 1: Assessing the damage
Fire and water often cause severe structural damage to a house. Before entering your home, the fire damage restoration team should verify it is safe to enter. They’ll do this by carefully inspecting the outside of your home for signs that the structure is in danger of collapsing. We recommend you wait to reenter the property until the experts give the all-clear.
Once the structures are deemed stable, the experts will go in and determine how much damage the fire has caused. This involves a close visual inspection, but less obvious aspects must also be addressed. For example, how much water has soaked into the walls? Which structures and items must be thrown out, and which ones can be restored? Has mold or mildew begun to infest the wet places within the home?
After assessing the damage, the company will give you an estimate of how much it will cost to repair and how long they expect it to take. They will also work with you to create a plan of action. If you want to take advantage of the opportunity to renovate, now is the time to make that clear. The experts will also give you all of the information you need to submit an insurance claim and recoup your lost property value.
Step 2: Cleaning the affected areas
The first step to cleaning the affected areas is to remove any standing pools of water. The longer moisture sits within the home, the more time mildew and mold infestations have to develop. Surfaces and structures will be thoroughly dried and sanitized. The team will also seal off any holes in the roof or exterior walls the fire may have made to prevent rainwater from causing any additional damage.
Next, the experts will remove any furniture or other items that have been too badly damaged by fire or water to restore. All untouched furniture should also be moved outside of the home. This will prevent smoke and other unpleasant odors from embedding themselves too deeply within their fibers. It will also provide easier access to the floors and walls during the restoration process.
Finally, the team members thoroughly clean all surfaces within the home of soot, smoke, and other blemishes. Fires cause deep, black stains that go beneath the surface of many structures. Only a thorough scrubbing, sanding, and refinishing will get rid of the soot and stains. If the stains go far below the surface, it may be necessary to replace that section of wall or flooring.
Step 3: Restoration and repair
Restoration and repair is the part of the fire damage restoration process where you can finally begin to make your house look normal again. New flooring may need to be installed, new walls may need to be constructed, and the roof may need to be repaired. New countertops and cabinets may also be installed. Whether you use this as an opportunity to renovate or simply to return to normal, the restoration process will feel very similar to a home renovation.
Once the new structures are in place, it will be time to paint the walls and add new carpeting to the floor. Walls that have been left in place may need to be treated before being painted. The heat from the fire often creates bubbles and blisters within the paint, which must be carefully scraped off before new paint can be added. The wood may also need to be refinished.
At last, you’ll be able to bring old and new furniture back into your home. This will give you an opportunity to redecorate your home, ideally using insurance money to cover the cost of the furniture that has been lost. When you reach this stage, you’ll finally start to feel like you have your home back. However, one more important step must still be undertaken.
Step 4: Deodorization
The final step of the fire damage restoration process is deodorization. The combination of lingering smoke and soot from the fire and sitting water and mildew from the water used to put it out will leave a thick stench in the air. Before you can move back into your home, you’ll need to hire deodorization experts to get rid of the smell. If you can, you should hire a fire restoration company that has the experience and equipment necessary to quickly and thoroughly remove the odor.
BIOSWEEP of Alabama specializes in both fire damage restoration and odor removal. Biosweep odor removal experts use a chemical process that is quicker and more effective than what most fire damage restoration companies are capable of. Our multi-stage process consists of:
- HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration
- Hydroxyl radical production
- Purified O3 and vaporized gas-phase hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production
- Singlet oxygen and oxyradical plasma production
- Sterilizing germicidal UVC radiation
Instead of simply masking the odor, our safe chemical process eliminates the airborne and surface molecules that are the root cause of the odor. Each stage of the process tackles a different source of the odor, leaving you with a fresh-smelling home. Once the deodorization process is complete, you’ll feel like the fire never occurred.
Fire damage restoration consultation
If you’re a handy homeowner, you may be tempted to try to restore your property yourself. However, for you and your family’s safety, the fire damage restoration process should only be undertaken by professionals. Fire and the water used to put it out destabilize a home, making it dangerous to repair yourself. Additionally, professionals have deodorization technology that is generally not available to the public.
The first step is to contact a fire damage restoration company for consultation. Once you’ve called in the experts, you’ll be able to prevent further damage and prepare to submit an insurance claim. You’ll also be able to get to work restoring your home so you and your family can get back to your normal lives. Fires can be disruptive and even devastating. Only by taking positive action can you move forward.
Although you should hire a company as quickly as possible, spend a little time researching the best company to undertake the fire damage restoration process. If you haven’t already, consider using Biosweep of Alabama’s services. Our fire damage restoration experts will come out to your home quickly to assess the damage and give you an estimate. Contact us today for a consultation.