Fires themselves can cause a huge amount of destruction to your home, the flames burning items and the structure of your home. Things melt and shatter and after that, the smoke damage from the fire can be devastating. Smoke damage left unassessed can ruin your home and the contents of it. Even if it is an area that was not impacted by the flames themselves.
It doesn’t take a big fire to cause smoke damage. Not only can this impact your items like furniture but even has the ability to impact the very structure of your home. This is why the cleaning process is vital. Making sure that soot and smoke are cleaned up as they can act like an acid eating away at your home if left be.
How Does Smoke Impact My Home?
Smoke can impact different materials differently, alongside the temperature and type of fire this can also make a difference to the smoke damage. The worst way smoke can do damage is by seeping into any cracks or small spaces similar in your home and go unnoticed for years causing structural damage to your home.
How Fast Do You Need To Act?
Time is not on your side when it comes to smoke damage, the sooner you act the better. The faster you act, the less likely you are to cause permanent damage. For example, painted walls and flooring need to be addressed within 24-48 hours dependent on the level of damage. Staining can also be a major issue. Metal surfaces can also corrode if left untreated. The longer the damage is left untreated the higher the bill will be when it comes to repairs.
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Evacuating your home may seem like a terrifying ordeal and probably is one of the scariest things that can happen any homeowner. The danger for you and your family, as well as the potential of losing your home, is a devastating thought. Having an evacuation plan can be vital in aiding the ability to act promptly should need ever arise.
Here is what you should do:
Preparation is key and here are some vital things to have prepared in advance:
- Go Bag – This is a pick up and go bag that contains all the essentials you need to leave in a hurry. Cash, footwear, clothing, emergency medication are all examples of items suitable for your Gobag.
- Preparation – Prepare your family by highlighting the nearest exits from every room and pick a place outdoors for everyone to meet should an emergency every arise. There is no harm in practicing this with some drills.
- Car – making sure that your fuel is never too low can be vital in an emergency situation. Make sure that you always have surplus fuel for an emergency.
During an evacuation, panic can set in and preparation can sometimes go out the window. However, having practiced how to get out and where to go will give you structure and provide you with the best decisions to maintain your safety.
- Communicate and Talk – Try to keep in contact with your family, those in the home during the time of the fire and if it is a more widespread fire, then keeping in touch with officials may be necessary too.
- Animals and Pets – Part of your evacuation plan and prep should be to have your animals well trained enough to come when they are called. Always keep your pets in a place where they can be easily evacuated.
- Health & Safety – always think health and safety in such an event and afterwards be sure to work with medical services as required to deal with any injuries, smoke inhalation or other medial issues.
Once the fire is out you might start thinking about going inside to find something or to check on the damage. Do not put yourself in danger. Wait for professionals to arrive to help you through the process.
If your home has been affected by anything mentioned in our article feel free to contact us here for additional help
If your home has been damaged by fire this can be an extremely traumatic event. The shock and sense of loss can be overwhelming and unfortunately during this hard time some quick decisions need to be made. It’s hard to know where to start to get things on the path back to normal but here is a starting point for you.
- When the fire brigade has left, the building requires your responsibility. First things first, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible for them to send out a claim form and arrange for a loss adjuster to call. The damage will need to be inspected before you begin to clean or start any initial work on the property. However, if emergency work is required to protect the property from further damage discuss this with your insurer.
- Your insurer may ask you to ensure a few things are in place to prevent any further loss or damage to the property. These can include securing doors, windows and marking areas unsafe for entry. If the roof or stairs has been damaged do not enter the property until it has been deemed safe by a building contractor.
- If your home is going to be left unoccupied contact your local Garda station to let them know.
- If your home is not habitable it may be necessary to make alternative arrangements. Short-term rentals are available but before you book anything check your insurance policy to see if alternative accommodation is covered by your insurance policy.
Advance Maintenance Limited offer clients an experienced and efficient team to deal with your home or business insurance claim. As general contractors and insurance company approved contractors we are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and our systemised approach to claims ensures a quick and responsive service to fire damage repair claims. Contact us to find out more.
If you ever have the misfortune of having to call a fire damage restoration company, you will know how difficult choosing the right people for the job when you are under such a huge amount of stress. We recommend being prepared just in case disaster strikes and selecting your fire damage repair company in advance, this cuts down on time spent searching which is crucial as the quicker action is taken the better. When choosing your fire damage repair company, here’s 3 more reasons to choose Advance Maintenance.
1: We Have A Huge Amount Of Experience
When it comes to your home or business, the fire damage repair company you choose should have extensive experience in dealing with every aspect of the repairs and cleaning work that goes into restoring a building after a fire. The last thing you need is for an inexperienced worker omitting something important or making a costly mistake that could lead to further damage down the line. Even with the best of intentions, a lack of experience can end up making the situation a whole lot worse and may not be fully covered by your insurance providers.
2: We Have Unmatched Customer Service
When fire strikes, we understand how difficult it can be and we make sure to give you the best possible customer service to help you feel as much at ease with the situation as possible. Through every step of the process from insurance claim to fully restored building, we will keep you in the loop and be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
3: We Don’t Just Repair The Visible Damage
We don’t just repair the visible damage that the fire has done, we fix any structural damage or weakening and we also clean up the mess it has caused and have all of the specialist equipment at our disposal that is necessary to clear the smell of soot and smoke from the home so it doesn’t linger once the repairs are completed.
If you need a fire damage restoration company, visit us online or call us on 021-486-6133 today. We have a wealth of experience, unrivalled customer service and we handle everything from structural repairs to cleaning.
A fire in your home or business can be an extremely stressful ordeal, the last thing you need is to be forced to try pick up the pieces alone. At Advance Maintenance Ltd, we have a full range of fire damage repair services to speed up the process and take some of the stress out of the situation. If you need a professional fire damage repair service, here’s 3 reasons to choose AMLTD.
1: We Help With Your Fire Damage Insurance Claims
Business and home fire damage insurance claims can be very complex and it’s easy for your claims to get bogged down. Advance Maintenance puts a highly skilled and experienced insurance claim team that can help you through the whole process. We are also insurance company approved contractors and we have an extremely efficient and systematic approach to your home or business insurance claim that ensures we can speed along the process and start making repairs to get you back to your routine as soon as possible.
2: We React Quickly
The quicker a fire damage repair company can get to the scene and start assessing the damage and cost of repair, the sooner you can get your home or business back to it’s former glory. We can generally arrange a site visit within 24 hours of your call so that we can secure your property and start making repairs as soon as possible.
3: We Handle All Repairs
When you choose Advance Maintenance as your fire damage repair company you can rest assured that we will take it from there. You won’t have to deal with multiple contractors as we have experts ready and waiting to restore your home or business in any way necessary. This includes general building, plumbing, heating repairs, electrical repairs, joinery, roof repairs, plastering, tiling, interior design/decor and more.
When choosing the right fire damage repair company for you, remember we help you through the insurance claim process, we can visit your site within 24 hours of your initial call and we are well prepared to deal with any type of damage the fire has caused.
If you need a fire damage repair company, call us now on 086-260-4782. The quicker you call, the quicker we can help.
The weather is starting to get colder so logically you are going to want to start using the fireplace again. Fireplaces in the home are an embodiment of comfort and warmth. However fire is dangerous and should never be taken lightly. Your fireplace can even become a lifeline in certain situations if there are power outages or your heating system fails. Keeping up to date with proper fireplace safety & maintenance is crucial and will lead to a safer, happier home. In this article I will be giving you 5 fireplace safety tips to keep you and your family safe this Winter.
1: Annual Cleaning:
Your fireplace should always be cleared out properly after each fire. However if you have a fireplace with doors you should clean them thoroughly before lighting the first fire of the year to remove any built up smog that’s residing on them.
2: Sweep Your Chimney:
The best way to effectively perform a chimney sweep is by hiring a professional to do it. There are countless nooks and crannies that are near impossible to see which often go unnoticed when you attempt the sweep yourself. Professional chimney sweeps have special tools to make sure dangerous obstructions are removed and your chimney is cleaned thoroughly.
3: Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
Be sure to install both a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector especially if you’re moving into a new home. In the event of a disaster these two little tools could literally save the lives of you and your family.
4: Clear Mantlepiece & Surrounding Areas:
Decorating fireplace mantels, especially during the holidays, is something that goes on in nearly every home in Ireland. If you are careful this doesn’t have to be an unsafe practice. It’s important to make sure there’s a 2 ft. space between any object and the fireplace. This ensures that flammable objects will not become overheated and catch fire.
5: Have A Fire Guard:
You can find fire guards very easily and often at very low cost. It’s important to keep the fire guard up if the fire is ever left unattended. This blocks sparks, lumps of coal or anything else from falling out onto your floor if it gets spat out of the fire.
These 5 fireplace safety tips will help you stay safe when using your fireplace. If you ever do get into trouble use the fire extinguisher, but if it’s too late for that, keep low, get out of the building and call the fire brigade. If you ever do lose or damage your home due to fire then AMLTD is here to help you deal with your insurance company and rebuild your life.
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A fire in the home can be one of the most traumatic and difficult times in any family’s life. We know dealing with insurance people afterwards is very trying and so we take care of that for you. In the event of a fire we offer a range of services to repair your home and restore it to it’s former glory. In instances like this it’s always advised to contact professionals, but today I will be sharing some tips on how you can minimise the damage to your home after a fire.
1: Remove Soot From Household Textiles:
Objects in the house such as curtains, couches and carpets are very easily stained by soot. For this reason it’s imperative that you remove the soot before you attempt to clean or deodorize any textiles. It’s best to hire a professional with a heavy duty vacuum, however you can try it yourself by holding the nozzle of your hoover close to the surface of the items without touching them. It’s best to avoid using any hoover attachments or upright hoovers as they may cause more severe stains.
2: Remove The Smell Of Smoke From Your Textiles:
The odor of smoke is quite strong and can last a very long time if it gets into your furniture or clothes etc. Once again this is carried out most effectively by trained fire restoration experts. If you are to try this yourself I would advise at least contacting a professional and asking about the correct counteractant to use as it varies depending on what material your items are made of. Some household sprays may offer relief but it’s only temporary and in some cases they react badly with the smoke and create a new odor.
3: Clean Your Furnishings & Clothes:
After you have removed the smell of smoke from your possessions it’s time to clean them. Bring non washable items such as carpets and curtains to a dry cleaner to have them cleaned. Wash your regular clothing in warm water using a liquid detergent. If you have a carpet it’s a good idea to get it washed twice and allow it to completely dry, especially if you have a wood floor underneath it.
4: Clean Soot Stains From Walls:
For this you will have to contact a cleaning supply company to get a chemical sponge or some other non water based cleaner to clean the soot from the walls. Paint thinners and rubbing alcohol also help to clean soot from walls, however it’s advised that you wear a mask and open the windows, even using a fan if possible to increase ventilation due to the toxicity and the fumes.The final step that you can undertake to minimise fire damage is to eliminate the odor of smoke from your home. the smoke from a fire can permeate walls and other surfaces in your home where it gets trapped. It recurs over time if not taken care of properly. For this you should always contact a professional to ensure your home doesn’t smell of smoke for the foreseeable future.
Fire restoration and repairs should always be carried out by or at least supervised by professionals to make sure that no more damage is being caused. Always check with the fire marshall to make sure your home is safe to re-enter before beginning any repairs.