Leave Smoke Cleanup to the Professionals

The hazards of home fires do not end when the last flames have been extinguished. Unaddressed smoke damage can make your home uninhabitable, and fire hoses can leave behind water damage that gives growth to mold. Consequently, restoration and reconstruction after a fire is heavy duty work that requires a team of professionals. As much as you want to get back into your home quickly, you need to make sure it’s safe first, and the best way to do that is to call a restoration service right away.

Aside from the obvious odor, unattended ash and smoke damage can lead to corrosion and discoloration of your home’s interior. Metals can tarnish, glass can become etched and most wood and vinyl surfaces will need replacing or refinishing. Carpet, clothing and upholstery that you may think weren’t affected by the fire could be covered in acidic chemicals. These problems only get worse and more expensive to fix over time, which is why it’s so important to call in an experienced cleaning crew as soon as possible.

Trained fire restoration experts begin by surveying and containing the damage done. Layers of ash left on surfaces can harden into a lacquer-like coating, which needs to be carefully removed. Residue from ashes can easily spread throughout a building to affect rooms untouched by flames, so cleaners must use extra caution during this process. After locating the source of odors and neutralizing them with special detergents, cleaners can identify which materials in the home may be salvaged. Professionals recognized by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification have undergone many hours of training and coursework, so look for the IICRC seal of approval when choosing your restoration service.

If you have recently experienced a home fire, then we know this is a very difficult time for you. Over the past four decades, Paul Davis has helped hundreds of homeowners clean up after disasters. Our licensed professionals have the expertise and empathy homeowners need in times of crisis. Whether it’s water damage or fire damage you’re dealing with, Paul Davis can make your home habitable again for generations to come. Contact us today to get started.