Suffering from the tragedy of a fire at your home can feel as though it is one of the ultimate sorrows, but many people actually report that discovering that more of their home has been affected than they previously thought is actually a much worse feeling. If you want the chance to salvage as many of your possessions as possible, it is important that you employ a professional fire damage restoration specialist. Fire damage restoration specialists are actually equipped to work with many different types of damage that are associated with the different elements of fire.
One of the first problems that fire damage restoration experts are usually faced with is the damage which has been cause by the water (or similar products) which were used to extinguish the fire. It is important to remove all excess moisture from materials before any other work begins on them, because trapped water can cause all sorts of issues later on. For a start, water damage can lead to quickening of decay of materials, and it can lead to toxic mold growth. After any standing water has been removed, ventilation and the use of high-powered dehumidifiers is very important. Drying a space as soon as possible is very important, because mold can start growing within 2 days.
Smoke from a fire can penetrate all of the rooms in a building, and can even affect other buildings nearby. Because of the chemical composition of smoke and soot, thick black residue is likely to be left in every room which is touched by smoke. This residue is very difficult to remove using amateur cleaning techniques. In most cases, the residue is mildly acidic and can cause degradation in the materials which it comes into contact with. Electrical conductors in smoke residue can also cause electrical components to short circuit. Using a mixture of heavy scrubbing tools and precision instruments, the fire damage restoration experts should be able to lift most soot and smoke stains. As part of the smoke and soot damage restoration process, they should also be able to work to take away the unpleasant, acrid smell which is often left by smoke following a fire. To do this, they employ special deodorization techniques, which remove the smell, rather than temporarily covering it up.
Even if the flames themselves have not touched a material, it may still have been affected by the heat from the fire. It is wise to have all materials nearby assessed by a fire damage restoration expert, because some damage may not be visible to the untrained eye. Heat can affect the internal structure of some building components, which can actually cause them to weaken. Although the material may look stable, it may not be able to withstand the same level of stress and strain that it previously withstood. This could be very dangerous if it allowed a structure to collapse at a later date. Following assessment, a fire damage restoration expert will be able to advise you about the best course of action.