Dealing with a fire in your home can be a very scary, traumatizing event. Even if no one is hurt, the Denver smoke damage caused by a fire can be considerable. Cooking and electrical equipment are among the top 10 causes of house fires.
It is not just large fires that cause damage. A small fire can still create a very large amount of smoke. Some poisonous gasses can also become a part of the smoke depending on what is burning. This smoke can easily infiltrate every corner of your home leaving damage that may not be easily noticed by the untrained eye. No matter how big or small the fire and smoke damage is, here are some things to do to help get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.
Assess the Damage
Once the fire marshal has given you permission to reenter your home, you may want to immediately get into your house and try to clean up the mess. However, your first step should be contacting your insurance agency so they can properly assess the damage. You should also keep in mind that there is likely to be a good deal of toxins left in your home after a fire and you should always wear protective gear to protect yourself from inhaling those toxins.
Change the Filter
If your heating and air conditioning system is still working, your first step should be changing out the filter. Continue changing the filter every single day, at a minimum, until it no longer shows any soot.
Protect Clean Surfaces
If there are any items or areas of your home that were not affected by the smoke damage be sure to cover them with plastic. This will help to prevent any further damage from occurring in your home.
Opt for Professional Cleaning
Smoke and soot require specialized techniques in order to be properly cleaned. Because of its oily nature, smoke and soot must be removed using specific, harsh cleaners that can cause severe eye and skin irritation. This cleaner is usually applied with sponges made specifically for the job in order to properly clean the surfaces the first time.
The odor of smoke can also cling to any and all fabrics unless deodorized using an ozone treatment. And smoke can remain in the walls of your home and return during damp weather. And if your carpets do not require full replacement, they will likely need to be professionally cleaned at least twice to remove the smoke and soot.
Because of the cost of professional fire restoration, it can be very tempting to want to do the cleaning yourself. However, using a professional will not only ensure you get the best Denver smoke damage restoration possible, it will likely also cost you less in the long run because it will be done right the first time. Take a look at the fire and smoke damage restoration services NuBilt offers and contact us today so we can help get your home back to normal.