At Action Restoration and Property Services, we've been helping Northern Colorado recover from house fires big and small for more than two decades. In today's post, we'll discuss a few things you need to do once the fire is out.
What to Do After a House Fire
Whether or not your home is lost in the blaze, a house fire is a traumatic event both emotionally and physically. Even if the fire is small and contained enough to only affect one area of your home, the aftermath causes disruption to business as usual and the entire safety of your family. At Action Restoration and Property Services, we've been helping Northern Colorado recover from house fires big and small for more than two decades. In today's post, we'll discuss a few things you need to do once the fire is out.
Before we jump into the calls you need to make, let's point out some of the layers of damage you're recovering from after a fire. First, and most obvious is the charring of structural materials caused by the flames and secondary heat of the fire. In most cases, this damage is obvious, noted by the black scarring or melted surfaces. The next major problem is the smoke damage that seeps into the pores of building materials and is full of toxic chemicals that can cause long-term health effects, including cancer. And, finally, the water damage caused by putting the fire out. Now that you have a better idea of some of the damaging effects of a house fire, let's discuss your next steps.
Before you can do much of anything, you'll first need to dry your home. While this sounds like an easy process, thorough, professional drying is necessary to prevent mold growth and salvage compromised structural materials. Air movers and dehumidifiers are critical pieces of equipment for this step. Once everything is thoroughly dried, you can move on to the next step of the recovery process.
Fire recovery cleaning is not your typical house cleaning. It requires the recovery of personal items and structural materials from smoke, soot, and fire extinguisher chemicals. Anything not completely cleaned can remain a health hazard for years, causing respiratory problems and cancer.
Once your home has been dried and cleaned, restoration can begin. The restoration process will recover the property and return your home to pre-fire condition so that you and your family can move on with your lives. Restoration involves the removal of old, damaged materials and the installation of new materials to regain your home’s structure.
To fully recover from a house fire, you need a comprehensive disaster recovery team on your side. At Action Restoration and Property Services, we are your complete fire recovery team from beginning to end. Our team will come to assess the damage as soon as you call. We'll perform an inspection and work with your homeowner's insurance to develop a plan to restore your home. Throughout the entire process, you'll have a single point of contact, transparent pricing, and be kept up to date on progress and timelines. Once the blaze is extinguished, make your next call to Action Restoration.