4 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Fire Restoration Company
With the ever increasingly warmer temperatures in Las Vegas, the lack of moisture in the air and soil continues to lead to a drier climate. Dry climates can be more susceptible to fires both natural and manmade. Living in a dry climate, it’s important to be aware of the devastation of a house fire. A fire disaster can leave you feeling helpless and confused about what to do next. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should hire a fire restoration company.
- Flames and Smoke
During a fire, the flames are the most visible and often considered the most dangerous. However, smoke can spread quickly throughout a home. Smoke can consist of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide as well as other harmful contaminants from burning material. Smoke inhalation causes more fire-related deaths than burns from flames. Even if the fire originated in the kitchen and was contained, smoke can quickly fill the house traveling through the ductwork and getting absorbed into interior surfaces.
Soot is the residue left behind by incomplete burned materials. Primarily comprised of contaminants, soot is very dangerous and destructive. After the fire is put out and the smoke is cleared, soot will cause significant damage to your home if not remediated quickly. Soot is greasy in nature and can be difficult to remove. Soot can penetrate porous surfaces such as cabinetry, drywall and cling to clothing and furnishings. Do not attempt to clean soot yourself. A fire trained professional will have the proper safety materials and professional equipment to thoroughly clean and remediate your personal items.
Where there is fire, there is likely to be water, also. If firefighting efforts were needed to extinguish a fire, you’re likely to have standing water on your property. Standing water will need to be removed immediately to limit additional damage to your property. Mold and mildew and bacteria can contaminate the water which can lead to adverse health problems.
As mentioned above, water, smoke, and soot are all dangerous when it comes to cleaning up after a fire. Secondary damage resultant of fire damage can cause adverse health conditions including respiratory problems which can make it difficult for you to breathe in your home. Smoke and soot have also been linked to other serious health concerns such as birth defects in unborn children and an increased risk of getting cancer.
If not handled by a trained professional the damage to your property could increase exponentially. For the safety of you and your family, a certified professional will be able to evaluate the level of damage and prepare a plan of action to get your property back to normal. The first step will be to remove and catalog any salvageable items. These items will be thoroughly cleaned and returned to you without fear or contamination. Hoses, fans, and dryers will be used to clear smoke, remove standing water and dry out waterlogged surfaces. These tools can help clean the air as well to reduce the spread of contaminants. By taking quick action and calling a fire restoration company, you can take back control over your property.