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How Will Professionals Clean Up After a Fire?

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

furniture thrown on the floor covered with smoke after a fire inside the house. Fire damage in a Bonita Springs, FL home.

Who Cleans After Fires?

A fire can significantly degrade any home in Bonita Springs, FL. There will be smoke damage as well as soot damage that needs to be addressed immediately. To ensure the smoke cleaning goes smoothly, you will want to hire a professional team. There may be certain things you can do on your own, but to guarantee the best results, you need to bring on an experienced, skilled team.

1. Clean Up Smoke Odor

One of the most persistent aspects of fire damage is the odor left behind. The professionals will probably use tri-sodium phosphate to eliminate certain smells. This is a dangerous substance, so you do not want to use it yourself.

The experts will look at all your belongings, from furniture to clothing. The professionals will need to remove all the smoke and soot from the walls. This may require the removal of the drywall entirely. At first, experts will try to address the smoke damage by washing the walls first. Wallpaper may need to be tossed away.

2. Address Water Damage

Depending on the extent of the fire, you may have related water damage, too. The fire can damage pipes, resulting in flooding. If the fire was severe, then firefighters may have needed to use a hose, and the water can damage various areas of a home. This water will also need to be removed promptly before mold and mildew growth. The water may also necessitate the removal of drywall.

3. Anticipate Future Damage

Once you are in the clear this time, you need to anticipate any potential fire damage in the future. Make sure your smoke alarms are up to code. You can also invest in furnishings and building materials that are resistant to flames.

Before you know it, your house will be habitable once again. Address smoke damage as soon as you can. The longer you allow it to sit, the harder it will be to remedy.

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