Fires can happen at any time and the experience is always traumatic for those involved. It means not only the loss of your personal belongings, but also your home or business, not to mention the extensive damage fires cause to a property. It is understandably difficult to remain calm in such a high-stress situation, but it is important to start thinking about how to restore your property so that life can go back to normal as soon as possible.
The below steps should be taken immediately after a fire has occurred in order to minimise damage and start the restoration process.
- Contact a Fire Damage Restoration service
The first action to take is to contact a Fire Damage Restoration service like FCT Cleaning. A qualified fire restoration contractor is able to assess the damage to your property and provide you with a cost estimate, as well as advise you on how best to begin the clean-up process.
You should also contact your home insurance company to let them know that a fire has occurred. They should be able to answer any concerns you have about what happens next and also provide you with properly licensed business referrals that can assist you with the restoration. This is important, as you want to avoid “fire chasing” contractors who target victims of house fires and pressure them into signing expensive repair contracts while performing low-quality repair work.
By using a licensed and insured fire damage restoration company, you reduce the risk of further damage to your property. They are professionally trained to handle fire damage and will do everything possible to help you through this difficult time.
- The Professional Clean Up Process
Fire Damage Restoration services will perform a more thorough clean up using industrial-grade products and equipment such as dry cleaning soot sponges and specialised vacuum filters. They will also help to save as much of your personal belongings as possible. This can include appliances, clothing and furniture. It is best to keep a record of everything they remove from your home by taking pictures of each item and keeping a notebook that can be referred to when needed. Once the fire restoration is complete, any salvageable appliances and furniture items will be returned to your property.
Using a fire restoration service means that they will work quickly and professionally to get your property back to normal as soon as possible, and will stay in touch with you post-restoration to ensure that all repairs were done correctly and your property isn’t experiencing any further problems.
- Further Repairs
Fires can caused prolonged damage. While some signs are apparent such as wall discolouration and smoke stains, others are more obscure. Air conditioner vents, spaces behind walls and other hidden areas can contain ash and soot, and will continue to cause problems if not repaired. It is recommended you have the property inspected thoroughly by professionals to determine what needs to be done.
At FCT Cleaning, we have over 20 years of industry experience and our friendly team is always at hand to help you with any concerns you might have about fire damage. We are fully licensed professionals and specialise in fire damage restoration and cleaning. Contact us for an obligation-free quote today.