Fire is one of the four elements of the earth. Just like water, air, and earth, we need fire. However, fire can be a hazard as well. It can cause great damage and it can be very devastating when the damage hits close to home or is your home. Fire isn’t descrimitive, if allowed it can move right through your home or office buildings. The restoration process after a fire can be complicated whether it was a small kitchen fire or a raging house fire. For many people the idea of doing the fire clean-up yourself might sound enticing. Contacting a fire damage restoration professional is the right way to go for several reasons.
Your very own personal safety and your family’s safety is the top priority. After a fire there are many things that can cause harm to you. For instance, fire can cause structures in your home to weaken leading to unstable floors and ceilings which can prove to be a great hazard. Water that was used to put the fire out can linger in areas if not properly dried and continue to weaken structures or provide the perfect space for mold growth. Mold needs to be taken care of properly and all the preventative measures should be taken to avoid anyone living or working in the area getting sick.
Smoke and soot is often forgotten but can cause some of the worst damage. Smoke and soot, even after the fire is put out, linger and embed into all sorts of materials. The smell will last for a lengthy amount of time but that’s not the worst of it. Breathing in any amount of smoke can cause negative health effects, especially on those with underlying health conditions such as asthma. When you breathe in smoke it can irritate your nose, eyes, and throat and can affect your lung function temporarily even if just inhaled for a short amount of time. Smoke contains many different molecules that are harmful to the human body, such as carbon monoxide, that deprives the body of oxygen. Short term there are effects but if smoke is inhaled long term, it can be problematic, causing respiratory and cardiac diseases. For this reason, the clean up of smoke and soot is super important after a house fire to ensure that the smoke and soot isn’t breathed in continuously even after the restoration process is over. For most of us, we don’t have the equipment or knowledge to ensure that it is done correctly. The professionals do.
Simply put, the professionals have a system. They know what needs to be done after a fire. If the fire proved to be big and requires your house to be boarded up to protect it from the outside environment and thieves, they can do it. They can assess all the damage done and make a plan to get the restoration process on its way. They will move your things with care and give the effort needed to preserve what they can.
Fire damage professionals have the proper equipment to properly dry out the house, preventing mold, and properly remove smoke and soot from all areas of the house to avoid you getting sick. In the end, they can help reconstruct anything that may need it. It will save you a lot of time and headache. Most professional teams are available 24/7 so you can give them a call anytime of day. It can be scary after a fire and they will be there for you. For those in Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley, TCM restoration is available to help. All you have to do is make a phone call and they do the rest.