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How to Restore your Home After Being Hit with Fire or Water Damage

Why You Should Hire Damage Restoration Pros After a Home Disaster

Many homeowners have unfortunately experienced fire or water damage to their property. The toll it takes on a homeowner at a personal level surely shouldn’t be disregarded. Yet, the damage restoration process can be tricky, too. It’s often overlooked that dealing with the consequences of the physical and financial damage to your property can be nearly as hard, if not harder, as having successful damage restoration.

You surely know or have heard about someone who’s tried to restore their home after fire and water damage. But if you think that’s the smart thing to do, you’re wrong. Let’s put it this way: hiring professionals for damage restoration is the smartest, safest, and most cost-effective choice both at a personal level and at a property one. Ultimately, as your goal is to restore your home to its pre-damage state, why bother doing it yourself, particularly since you’re already dealing with things such as insurance and other related hassles? Not to mention that you’re already carrying an emotional burden as such a situation can be overwhelming for anybody. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Many returning homeowners after a fire tend to make the mistake of not acting soon. Although, from a human standpoint, that may seem logical, that’s something you wish to avoid if you want to have successful restoration. Acting late opens up the possibility of ignoring a lot of unforeseen problems that might have occurred. Sure, you can quickly get rid of things rendered unusable by the fire and clean up some minor items you no longer need because they’ve been damaged. 

But the risks of doing that cannot be overstated. We’re not talking here only about the possible hazards as it pertains to debris. No, we’re talking high-risk situations, such as potential electrical injuries. So, even if you are tempted to believe you will be able to deal with the aftermath of the fire by yourself, don’t make that mistake. Don’t fall into the trap of “This is my home, I will get the job done”, which has proven disastrous for many homeowners in fire damage restoration scenarios. Even problems that are way smaller than a home fire require a professionals’ hand, let alone an emergency like this.

Fire Damage Restoration Steps

  1. Confirm property is stabilized and safe to enter
    Check for signs of structural damage and carefully inspect the property from the outside before opening the door.
  2. Damage minimization
    This is to ensure that you properly tackle issues that can cause damage even after the extinguishing of the fire, such as smoke and soot. Using air scrubbers and air movers to clean the air, for example, is one of the ways you can achieve this.
  3. Soot and debris removal
    Before the professionals can begin the restoration processes, all soot and debris must be removed. The longer the soot remains on the surface the bigger the damage it can cause, while the debris will only hinder the restoration process.
  4. Removal of personal possessions too damaged to restore
    Remove items that are too damaged to repair from the property. Pay particular attention here in terms of touching electrical machines or appliances as they can store electricity even after they’ve been unplugged.
  5. Eliminate excess water and dry up wet surfaces
    Any standing water should be cleaned up as fast as possible before running other water restoration equipment. Since water can soak into walls, flooring, and even subflooring, air movers and commercial dehumidifiers will be needed to dry everything out properly.

Start deodorization stain removal and deep cleaning

The final step is considering which items should be deep cleaned and restored as opposed to which items are too damaged and should be replaced instead. Depending on the product specific cleaning products may be used. The professionals will examine the material and how much mold, mildew or smoke has penetrated the surface to determine which cleaning product to use. They should consult you to determine any priority items.

Water Damage Restoration

At first glance, a water leak or damage doesn’t sound that serious when compared to a fire emergency. But as anyone whose home has been hit by that will tell you, it’s a daunting task. That is particularly the case if you decide to DIY the damage restoration. However, that’s the last thing you want to do. A lot of homeowners have ended up paying double, meaning not only did they spend their valuable time and money, but also, in the end, their home wasn’t nearly close to the pre-damage state. So, consider them a lesson before you think about consciously choosing to ignore services offered by water damage restoration pros

Risks of Dealing with Water Damage

The risks of doing so are obviously multiple fold, ranging from “smaller” ones, such as dangerous mold growth, to ones so serious such as electrocution. Also, in the event of flooding, you may be indirectly putting neighbors in danger. Last but not least, do you really want to be exposed to the risk of having dirty water in your home?

It doesn’t take an expert to know that dirty water contains dangerous contaminants that can be hazardous to your health. Yet, it does take an expert to properly carry out a water damage restoration process!

Avoid Putting Additional Burden on Yourself

So, if your home has suffered fire or water damage, don’t try to put an additional burden on yourself by engaging in the damage restoration activities on your own.

Let that be handled by pros.

If you are uncertain about how to carry out the damage restoration process, we have just the solution for you. It is called Save the Day Restoration! Their approach and 24/7 availability will help you overcome all the problems along the way and have successful restoration.

Also, it works with all insurance companies and provides direct billing to the insurance agency of a owner of a damaged home, in addition to providing real-time documentation to the carrier and using standardized pricing for an easier process.

Not only does Save the Day Restoration have decades of restoration and reconstruction experience, it holds the industry’s leading certifications and is fully licensed and insured.

When it comes to fire damage restoration, Save the Day Restoration offers an all-encompassing service:

  •  Immediate Site Inspection
  • Smoke Cleanup and Odor Removal
  • Water Extraction and Structural Drying
  • Tarping & Board-Up Services
  • Sanitization and Debris Removal
  • Soot Cleaning & Air Quality Testing

Moreover, Save the Day Restoration has the IICRC certified skills that allow it to remove all signs of a fire and clean every surface of damaged property.

When it comes to water damage restoration, they provide top-notch activities as well:

  • Simple, Immediate Site Inspection
  • Flood Water and Sewage Cleanup
  • Extraction, Removal & Drying
  • Tarping  and Board-Up Services
  • Contents and Structure Dehumidifying
  • Odor Removal & Air Quality Testing

Don’t Wait too Long – Contact Save The Day Restoration

In dealing with fire or water damage, restoring homes to their pre-damage condition by having pros handle the emergency is the only option.

Save the Day Restoration pumps or vacuum standing water or sewage from all affected areas and use state-of-the-art equipment to dry out the structure.

For more info, contact them 24/7 at (562) 246-9908 or via email at [email protected]. You can also fill out our form here for a free consultation.