Destructive Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage
The clock is ticking and the timeline of fire damage started as soon as the fire did. The firefighters did their best at containing the fire and putting it out as quickly as possible. But that’s only one part of the disaster; the rest of the smoke damage gradually gets worse as the hours, days, and weeks tick away.
After a fire, one of the first steps is an initial airing-out and safety assessment of the home or building, but there are a lot of recovery steps that need to happen quickly to reduce the effects of fire and smoke damage. ServiceMaster Restore® follows a detailed protocol for each fire situation, providing the best likelihood of restoration and recovery of your items.
Contrary to what you may expect, the “Do It Yourself” fire cleanup may do more damage to your contents and possessions than you may think. Depending on the type of fire your home experienced, there will be smoke damage along with soot that can travel throughout the house, settling on surfaces that weren’t even affected by the flames.
Your home may have had wonderful marble countertops, hardwood floors, and bathroom tiling that looked great. But these types of materials are especially vulnerable to corrosive residues that travel through the smoke in the air. Even after the fire is out, smoke temperatures can cause further chemical burning, pitting, or etching on surfaces. A fire restoration specialist has the expertise to deal with each type of surface material, pretesting it, cleaning and deodorizing it with correctly-mixed solutions.
The goal of disaster restoration is to restore property to a pre-loss condition whenever possible. A restoration expert can determine the extent of damage to each individual possession, and whether restoration is possible or if the cost of restoration would outweigh the cost of replacing the item. Sometimes replacement makes sense, but a damage analysis will help determine that, and a restoration team can facilitate the documentation of that with your insurance company. ServiceMaster Restoration by All-Action assists with every phase of a fire insurance claim, restoring your contents and giving you peace of mind after a fire.
If you’ve had a fire in your home or business, remember that fire and smoke damage has longer-lasting effects than you might see right after the fire, and you should use an expert to help clean up and restore your property.