Piece By Piece: Rebuilding Homes And Lives With Fire Damage Restoration
The devastation a house fire leaves in its wake is unimaginable, unless you’ve experienced it firsthand. The abrupt nature of the disaster is perhaps what contributes the most to the tragedy; a family might be going about its everyday business as usual, and within only a few hours their home and way of life are swept out from under them in a bitter blaze. After the firefighters put out the flames, a fire damage restoration crew can make all the difference in what is lost and what is saved.
The Role of the Crew
Firefighters are heroes, and the restoration crew is a team of angels. This group of workers enters the home once everything is clear. Their mission is to save as much of the home as possible. Their work must be quick, thorough and efficient; they must be knowledgeable about the various methods used to save and restore a family’s home and possessions. These skilled and dedicated people work on the burned home until they’ve done everything possible to restore the household’s belongings.
Clearing the soot is key when fire damage restoration experts start their work. They clean any objects around the home that are found intact. Even light fixtures and lampshades are cleaned. Ozone deodorization or thermal fogging is performed to rid the home of any smoky smell. If the smell is too strong to be removed completely, the objects in question are sealed with pigmented lacquer that protects their integrity and traps the odor. Soot is eliminated thoroughly with smoke-residue removal tools. The key goal is to remove soot and deodorize the home within 24 hours of the disaster. If the home is not treated within this sensitive time period, the building may sustain irreparable damage.
Storage, Restoration, and Reconstruction
Once the extent of damage is assessed and the initial cleanup completed, a restoration crew will pack and remove the household’s belongings. Whatever can be saved will be brought to a storage facility. Certain objects, such as electronics and clothing, may be taken to a facility where advanced restoration is performed. Technicians can revive electronics using anti-static HEPA vacuums and filtered air compressors.
Back at the home, extensive sanitization efforts take place. Water damage due to microbial amplification often causes a secondary layer of damage that must be removed with turbo dryers. The home is properly ventilated and dehumidified, at which point reconstruction can begin.
Fire damage restoration crews are passionate about helping families return to their normal lives after an unforeseen disaster. Their efforts, combined with their specialized technology, allow them to work quickly and efficiently to reverse the effects of the catastrophe as much as possible. Although their work cannot erase the event entirely, it enables families to move on and adopt a new state of normal instead of facing the pain of losing everything they own.