Fire can strike at any time and the impact one can have on your home can be devastating. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there were 352,000 house fires in America’s homes during 2016. Once the flames have been extinguished, you will undoubtedly have a big clean up job on your hands, so how do you turn your house into the dream home it once was and ensure it’s safe to live in?
Damage to look out for
The various items in your home will have been affected differently by the smoke from the fire due to factors such as the material they’re made out of. Soot damage will discolor your home and, as it is acidic, it can cause secondary damage if left untreated, so it’s essential it’s cleaned as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Ash appears as pieces of black debris which you’ll likely find scattered throughout your property in the aftermath of a fire. Depending on the severity of the fire, structural damage may have occurred, so you must ensure a qualified structural engineer examines your property before you move back in.
You and your family are likely to want to return to the comfort of your own home as soon as possible, so the sooner you speak to your insurers and arrange for repair work to be completed, the better. It’s also vital that you act quickly so that smoke odors are dealt with swiftly to prevent them from hanging around and affecting parts of your home which were undamaged in the fire. While you may be tempted to clean up after a house fire yourself, it’s advisable to utilize a professional fire cleaning service who have experience and the correct tools and products to return your home to its best.
Repair and restore
While warped appliances and pieces of furniture are best off being disposed of, there are some items that, with a bit of elbow grease, you will be able to restore. Things such as curtains, carpets and upholstered furniture should be deep cleaned by a professional cleaning service to eradicate the smoky odor and fire residue from them. Wooden pieces of furniture, such as fireplaces, cupboards, tables and doors which are discolored and covered in soot can be repaired by cleaning and removing the soot, sanding and repainting or varnishing the surface.
If you’re in any doubt as to whether an item in your home is safe to keep, refer to a specialized cleaning agency who should be able to confirm for you. Although, much of your home’s content will be salvageable, some homeowners prefer to start afresh following a fire. If you prefer to go down this root, be sure to recycle as much as you can and plan your DIY project before hastily buying goods and ploughing on.
While repairing and restoring your home following a fire can be tough, there are many things you can do to help you restore it to the home it once was. Knowing what damage to look out for and acting quickly are key to tackling the damage. Repairing what you can or starting from scratch will ensure your home is a pleasant and safe environment once again.