Recovering After a Fire

by SVW on March 29, 2012

A house fire can be one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life. After a fire, we are reminded of what’s most important in life – your family. It’s imperative to fire proof your home and practice safe habits to prevent house fires, but house fires can be accidental and happen to even the most organized people.

A house fire results in essential home improvements that can be costly depending on the extent of the damage. You want to make sure you pick a general contractor who has a good working relationship with your insurance company to get the most out of your repairs.

Whether you have a small self-contained fire or one that produces more widespread damage, recovering after a fire can be difficult. You want to recover anything you can, but often times you will need to replace belongings and appliances from smoke damage.

If your home can be salvaged after a fire, you want a professional who specializes in fire restoration. It’s best to call a general contractor for fire restoration as soon as possible. The quicker they are contacted, the better chance they have of preventing further damage to your property. They can repair the exterior and interior of your home, which is really important when it comes to your home and your family’s well-being.

Even if you just have a smaller self-contained fire, smoke and soot can travel through air ducks affecting other rooms. One of the most common house fire locations is in the kitchen. A grease fire on the stove or in the oven can produce a lot of damage. It is essential that you react quickly to the damage and begin cleaning immediately. A general contractor will know how to clean up after a grease fire and salvage items.

Even if you call a general contractor with the tools and experience to deal with the fire damage right away, it may still be difficult to restore everything. Walls, countertops, and cabinets will need to be wiped down thoroughly to remove soot. Damage from soot is not easy to clean, but a general contractor will have the products and tools to do the job and possible save you replacement costs.

Open food items or anything in cardboard will need to be discarded, as the toxins from the smoke will cause them to spoil. Canned food items are probably the only food item you will be able to keep. Although the food inside the fridge is not salvageable, the fridge itself often is. After cleaning the outside surface of the fridge, you will want to be sure to replace the seal, filters, and fans to prevent trapped soot from penetrating into the fridge and spoiling future food.

For tips on fire proofing your home and preventing the likelihood of a fire, see this previous My Home Improvement blog.

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