Fire Mitigation Services
The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the IICRC.
Homeowners and business owners may be in shock from the initial devastation. It is important to follow the proper steps to achieve a complete fire restoration. Service providers that are associated with the IICRC will have the following distinctions: current training, safety and health certifications, vast amounts of experience in restoration projects and the proper licenses and insurance information.
Why have a Pro handle the process of fire restoration?
One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired.
If the homeowner or business owner does the initial cleaning, it is important to follow these suggestions:
- Clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.
- When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.
- Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.
- Wash any items that can be laundered.
- Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available.
If immediate clean-up is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.
Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue. After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business. Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue. Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive.
The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind. Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business. For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the IICRC to utilize fire restoration techniques in a effort to return the home or business to a pre-loss state.
Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair. Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a pre-loss state. By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.
One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage. The seal of Certification by the IICRC should be shown on any provider’s website. This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.