Recovering from a house fire is one of the most difficult experiences. So, it helps to be prepared. Here’s what you can expect during the fire damage restoration process.
Types of Damage Caused by Fire
Once the fire is extinguished, the house will be inspected to assess the extent of damage. There are four types of damage that restoration professionals expect to find during an inspection:
- Soot: Soot refers to fine carbon particles from burning materials. Lingering soot can be acidic and cause damage to porous surfaces like stone, wood and textiles.
- Mold: Mold grows in damp and dark areas, which is often the case in properties after a fire is extinguished.
- Rust: Fire can strip protective coatings from metals, exposing them to rust that can compromise their strength.
- Odor: Smoke and mildew can create an unpleasant and lingering odor.
Fire Damage Restoration Process
After assessing the extent of the damage, fire damage restoration professionals seal any obvious breaches or points of entry, such as broken windows or holes in the ceiling. Even with a thorough inspection, fire damage restoration professionals keep an eye out for the smallest signs that may have been missed during the initial inspection.
Cleanup begins by removing burnt debris. This step has to be done quickly because, the longer burnt things stay indoors, the more intense the lingering smoke odor will be. Next is water removal. In addition to siphoning standing water, lingering moisture in the air will be removed using high-powered fans, high-efficiency air filters and industrial dehumidifiers.
After cleaning up, the house will again be inspected, from the house foundation to the roof framing. This will help the fire damage restoration professionals determine the steps that will be taken to restore the house. Some parts may need no more than sanding and a fresh coat of paint; others may need to be completely replaced. A homeowner may choose to have the affected parts renovated if they wish.
It’s important to note that fire restoration has to be left to professionals to avoid lingering effects of the types of damage described above. To learn more about our services, call Nuss Construction Company at (856) 485-9455. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Moorestown, Cherry Hill and Marlton, NJ, as well as the surrounding communities.