As anyone who's had the misfortune of experiencing a residential fire will tell you, it's one of the most challenging and scary experiences a homeowner can go through. Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on homes of every size, and spreads quickly depending on the weather and season. For those homes which are still in-tact, the mess left in their wake can be utterly overwhelming.
In this article we'll explore some of the most important areas to address after as fire, as well as what to keep in mind when hiring a Dallas fire restoration company.
Rebuilding After a Residential Fire
Depending on the severity of your home's damage, one of the most important first steps is securing your property. Though it's difficult to believe, there are those who prey on homes that have been significantly damaged by fires. After contacting your insurance company, you'll want to make sure that all doors, windows, roofs, and entryways are secured, repaired and or capable of being locked. This means replacing any damaged doors, windows, patio entrances and other possible points of entry.
Make the Essential Repairs First
When we say "essential" repairs, we're referring to the things which pose a threat to your health. One of the main causes of concern after a fire, is the harmful effects that smoke damage and poisonous gases can leave behind. Your home should be amply ventilated and cleaned to ensure that no toxic residue remains present. This includes having all walls and ceilings thoroughly cleaned, replacing damaged drywall, carpeting and flooring, and verifying that there are no gas line damage or leaks on your property.
Work with an Experienced Fire Restoration Company
Never forget that there is a massive difference between house cleaning and fire restoration services. Not only are the techniques more advanced, the chemicals and equipment used during fire cleanup are far more specialized to the task at hand. Moreover, someone who simply cleans homes may have little to no experience in dealing with a project of this magnitude; whereas a fire restoration expert will know exactly what to do.
If you've recently suffered a fire at your home and need to discuss the cleanup and restoration project with an expert, Blue Nail can help. For over 14 years we've been helping Dallas homeowners get on with their lives after fire and smoke damage, and can assist in everything from simple fire cleanups, construction repairs, dealing with insurance companies and other services to help you get back to life as you once knew it.