Understanding Fire Disasters and the Restoration Process

Have you recently experienced a fire disaster? The resulting fire and smoke damage can be overwhelming. Also, the toxicity that may be present makes repairs not suitable for DIYers. However, before diving into restoration, it is necessary to understand the disaster you’ve experienced.

Fire Classification

Emergency services usually separate fire disasters into two categories: (1) simple and (2) complex fires. Simple fires stem from pure fuels and result in total combustion. Complex fires, alternatively, are the result of synthetic materials catching fire. Most house fires are complex.

Fire Restoration

Regardless of the cause of the disaster, you likely want your home restored. The removal of fire and smoke damage will usually require the help of a restoration service. These services typically stick to a four-step process.

  1. Assessing damage

    First, the company you hire will send a representative to your property to assess the extent of the damage. This initial assessment will allow the company to provide an estimate for recovery services. If you accept the offer, they will move on to mitigation.
  2. Mitigating loss

    Fires can result in extensive property damage, including water damage. The restoration company will begin by helping to mitigate further property loss. They will seal holes and fix plumbing issues before starting the cleaning process.
  3. Deep cleaning

    The in-depth cleaning process is when the restoration company removes soot and smoke damage and odors. They will sanitize your entire house and ensure that the air is safe before preparing the site for the renovation.
  4. Restoration

    In the final phase of the restoration process, the company you hire will correct any structural issues. Once the integrity of your home is sound, they will finish your project, ensuring the home is restored to predisaster condition.

Fire and smoke damage is challenging to remove and correct. While you may be tempted to take a DIY approach to your restoration, know that a professional service is licensed and trained in disaster cleanup.