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Guide – Fire Damage Recovery & Restoration Guide

Fire damage can leave your home or property completely devastated.

Beyond the deadly fire itself, it’s the aftermath of water, smoke, and soot (which will damage everything in sight) you need to worry about.

Luckily, we’ll be going over the steps that are typically taken to recover from this disastrous situation. And we’ll also be going over common causes of fire and how to deal with them.

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE DAMAGE

Fire damage comes in many forms – like water, smoke, and soot.

Let’s take a look at each one in-depth and see why they’re important to address in a comprehensive way. That way you’ll know what to expect and how they are usually dealt with. After all, if you’re not careful, these three types of fire-related damage can completely ruin your home or business.

WATER DAMAGE

Surprisingly, water damage is the most common type of fire-related damages because in order to extinguish the fire, firefighters use mass amounts of water that remains after the fire is out.

Water can cause furniture and appliances to swell, as well as floors and carpets. It occurs as soon as there’s any kind of liquid coming from a fire sprinkler system, hydrant or hose. However, it can also come from taps and other sources, such as dishwashers, showers, and toilets.

Additionally, water causes drywall to crack and crumble when it dries out after a period of time. It’ll also leave behind black marks on wood surfaces that’ll be very noticeable. Unfortunately, water damage is also the most common reason for mold growth.

SMOKE DAMAGE

The worst part about smoke is it leaves behind a strong odor that’s difficult to get rid of. This smell can linger on for months after a fire happens.

If you have ever spent a few hours around a campfire, imagine that smell but for your whole home or property. When you think of it like that, it’s easy to understand why smoke damage is so devastating.

Perhaps worst of all, smoke leaves behind a sticky residue called soot and it can be a pain to deal with.

SOOT DAMAGE

Soot damages items like furniture and appliances because it covers them after they catch on fire. Additionally, soot will clog vents and ductwork, which could lead to breathing problems if left untreated.

Therefore, it’s important to clean up all the soot, residue, and debris as soon as possible. Otherwise, it will start to smell and be a major problem for your health.

So these three problems are the main obstacles to restoring your property you’ll be experiencing after a fire.

The main goal is to remove all traces of water, smoke, and soot from your home or property in order to prevent further destruction and damage.

However, when it comes to fire damage, preventative measures are key to avoiding having to deal with the aftermath of a fire in the first place.

THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIRE DAMAGE (AND HOW BEST TO AVOID THEM)

The most common causes of fires are cooking accidents, bad electrical wiring or outlets, and candles. So naturally, these are the areas you’ll want to pay the most attention to regarding possible fires.

FIRES FROM COOKING

It’s no surprise that cooking is one of the leading sources of causing a fire in your home or business property since it is the most common way fire is used indoors. However, this type of accident can be avoided by following basic safety guidelines.

For example, you should never cook when you’re tired, inebriated, or have a condition that affects your mental state. It seems obvious, but when you’re at home, you often feel more safe and comfortable. This can push us to cook things when in a sub-optimal state.

You should also never leave the kitchen while cooking and never put a large pot or pan on a gas stove unsupervised. Again, this is an easy mistake to make at home but worth keeping in mind.

Finally, make sure you’re cooking in a well-ventilated area. Water vapor can accumulate and then combust if there’s not enough ventilation, which is why this type of fire is so common.

FIRES FROM BAD ELECTRICAL WIRING AND OUTLETS

Electrical wiring and outlets can also be the cause of a fire if they are defective.

Look for any signs of overheating on either side of an outlet – this is usually what’ll lead to an electrical fire. Also, be sure not to overload electrical outlets in your home. This is something that happens more often than you think. Be mindful of the number of plugs you attach to a single outlet, particularly with appliances that draw a lot of energy like dryers and fridges.

Finally, another thing to watch out for is using electrical wiring that’s been damaged in any way, such as being run over by a car or being chewed on by pets.

Now, there are many more common factors that can lead to an electrical fire. But these are the most common ones, and you’ll want to be especially careful of them. If you notice faulty wiring or overheating outlets, you may want to consider consulting an electrician to see if you need to update them.

FIRES FROM CANDLES

Candles are another common cause of fires.

Although they’re often seen as a romantic addition when it comes to dinner or relaxation, they can cause fires if left unattended for any period of time.

You should never leave a candle unattended when you go anywhere outside your house or even the room it is in. Additionally, you should also never light a candle if it’s near curtains or other flammable materials – these items can easily catch on fire and spread quickly.

It’s also important not to use candles in areas where they might come into contact with children and pets. This is another surprisingly common cause of fire accidents because they can be knocked to the floor or onto something flammable.

Finally, only use candles that are in a glass or metal container – never anything with paper.

HOW TO DETECT AND MINIMIZE FIRE DAMAGE

You won’t always be able to prevent a fire.

But with the right tools in place, catching a fire before it spirals out of control will be key to reducing the damage it can do. There are a few ways to go about this.

One thing you can do is to install an automatic sprinkler system in your home or property. This will prevent your fire from spreading and minimize any damage that may occur, even if you are not present.

Something else you can do is to install fire alarms and smoke detectors. If you’re lucky, you can stop a fire before it ever becomes a real issue in the first place. That would be the best outcome possible. Make sure to purchase a few fire extinguishers and place them in strategic locations around your house.

We recommend that you have one in every room and on each level of your home or business property. Don’t forget to make sure your fire extinguishers are still working every year or so. The last thing you want is to be in an emergency fire situation only to discover that your extinguishers are faulty.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN CASE DISASTER STRIKES

There’s no such thing as being too prepared for those moments when disaster strikes.

We recommend that you prepare an emergency kit ahead of time with items like water, food, and flashlights. You should also know where the nearest fire escape is located so you can quickly get out if there’s a fire. We also suggest having an emergency contact list of numbers for you and your family so they know how to get in touch with each other.

Some people also like the idea of installing a home security system, such as alarm systems or video surveillance cameras. These can help by notifying you if something is happening at all hours of day and night. We recommend reviewing your home security system every once in a while to make sure it’s still working properly.

Don’t forget to have an emergency plan for your pets, too! It’s best if you can take them with you when evacuating a disaster area. But it’s also good to know where they’ll be taken in the event that this option isn’t possible.

TIPS ON REBUILDING AFTER A DEVASTATING FIRE

If you’re lucky enough to find your home still standing after a deadly fire, then the next step is rebuilding.

The first thing that needs to be done in a disaster like this one is securing what’s left of your property. This means shutting off gas and electricity if applicable, as well as locking up for potential looters or squatters that might be lurking around. However, never reenter the site of a fire without the permission of your local authorities and even after the area is deemed safe, it’s often wiser to leave the salvaging to damage restoration professionals.

The next thing you should do is contact your insurance company as soon as possible to help with the rebuilding effort. You should also start working on a temporary living plan if needed.

This process can take some time.

But it’s important not to rush into anything without thinking things through first. An experienced fire damage restoration team can help make the process much simpler and easier. It’s in your best interest to find a reliable company crew to work with.

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have insurance money left over after rebuilding your home, then we recommend investing that money into better insulation for added fire-proof protection. The last thing you want is all of this hard work being undone by another fire.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIREPROOFING YOUR HOME

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home or property from fire is to have good fireproofing measures in place.

There are a few things you can do to increase the fire protection of your property.

One is making sure that all wires in outlets and exteriors are properly grounded, as this will help protect electronics from being damaged by any surges or wire shorts.

Another thing you can add is fire-resistant drywall for increased safety. Plus, there are also high-quality fireproof doors that’ll help you stay safe in the event of a fire. Both of these things will go a long way in protecting your property and all of its contents as well as the safety of you and your loved ones.

Additionally, you should always schedule regular inspections by a licensed professional. This is to make sure the building is safe from any fire or other disasters before it’s too late. That way you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you’re doing everything possible to make sure your property will be safe in the event of an emergency.

All things considered, this is probably one of the best things you can do to protect your home. After all, you can do all the research in the world. But at the end of the day, a professional is actually paid to make sure your home and property are safe from fires.

WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION TEAM

If you find yourself in a fire disaster, it’s important that you hire the right team of specialists.

These are people who have experience dealing with these types of disasters. They’re trained on how to handle them correctly for the best outcome possible. The restoration process requires specialized, often expensive equipment in order to be executed properly. After all you have been through, the last thing you want to return to is a shoddy restoration job.

A professional fire damage restoration team will be able to help you with things like water extraction and removal, hazardous materials abatement, dry-out services for wet items, content cleaning and restoring, smoke odor mitigation, and much more.

This is what they do all day long, so they’ll know exactly what to do when you find yourself in a fire disaster.

And even better, they’ll be able to provide you with a written estimate of the cost for all services. This way there will be no surprises and it’s easy to make an informed decision when hiring them.

CONTACT SAVE THE DAY RESTORATION FOR ALL YOUR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION NEEDS

When your home is impacted by fire damage, the only way to restore it to its best condition is by hiring professionals. Refrain from doing any heavy lifting and leave the stress and labor to the experts at Save the Day Restoration.

Contact the Save the Day Restoration team 24/7 at (562) 246-9908 or email us at [email protected]. You can always contact us via our website contact form.