Fires in residences cause not just untold damage to property but cause a deep traumatic shock and wound to the homeowner. At such a time, it’s deemed lucky for the folks inside to have their lives saved but at the same time effective and efficient restoration of the building to its original state and in the shortest time possible can help to heal the wounds. Fire damage repair has to be handled at many levels.
When a fire occurs in a residential or commercial property, it is not just the burned out structure that has to be repaired but the following has to be considered:
- Water damage caused by fire fighting mechanisms
- Smoke and soot damage to the structure itself as well as to articles and objects in the house
- Neutralising smoke odour
- Disposal of burnt material
Repair of Structure
This has to be undertaken by professionals and specialists. Structural damage may not be easily visible. There is also the danger of falling debris or collapsing portions of the roof or walls, so proper boarding up has to be undertaken. This will also help with the safety of the restoration crew.
Water Damage Restoration
Water used to douse flames also cause extensive damage. It is important to have trained personnel to use machine dryers to dry out the property as well as the objects damaged by water. Failure to do so can cause mould and mildew to grow causing further problems.
Smoke and Soot Damage Restoration
Fire damage repair has to take into serious consideration the damage caused by soot and smoke. During a fire certain breakdown reactions occur from construction material, glues and solvents. This leads to toxic chemicals being released. Therefore, it is important to call professionals to estimate toxic gases and neutralise them. Another difficult fallout of a fire is the soot and smoke odour which permeates just about everything in the house. So removing soot from electronic items, artwork, documents, books and furniture is the work of specialists. It is also an important task to evaluate what can possibly be restored and to replace what cannot be restored.
Neutralising Smoke Odour
Recently, new methods for removing smoke odour are now being used. These include:
- Ozone Treatment: here ozone generators are used to pump ozone into sealed rooms which are affected by smoke. The ozone reacts with the smoke molecules and destroys them and, in the process, removes the smell of smoke.
- Thermal Fogging: Here chemical fog is sent into the damaged building after properly isolating it. This fog goes through walls and into the same areas where the smoke has permeated and effectively removes the odour of smoke.
Disposal of Burned Out Material
The process of disposing off the burned out material can be overwhelming and a key part of fire damage repair. It is advisable to get fire restoration professionals to handle the process of debris removal as well.
Here at Advanced Maintenance LTD our trained team can help take the hassle out of your Fire Damage Claim. We can work directly with your insurance company & carry out all the repairs necessary saving you time & hassle. Contact us today on 021 4866133