Fire Damage and You: What To Do?

Whether the fire on your property is relatively small or unbelievably large, it’s safe to say that dealing with the aftermath is a job best left to the professionals. Even when you’re dealing with minor fire damage, there are a lot of factors to consider. Smoke and ash can travel throughout the entire HVAC system, contaminating areas far away from the combustion point. Water and foam used to extinguish the flames can mingle with ashes and other debris to form a sticky and hard-to-clean substance—not to mention the smell! Fire damage is dangerous, hard to contain, and to home and business owners the results can be overwhelming!

Here are a couple things that you should know:

  1. Fire Damage is Dangerous! This may seem like a no-brainer, but we’d rather be safe than sorry. If there is recent fire damage on your property, the fire or water used to extinguish it may have caused structural damage, toxic fumes, or other hazards. Approach with caution, or better yet—call the professionals!
  1. Over the Counter Products Won’t Work. Trust us. Most of the time, they are not only ineffective against the lingering stains and odors, but can actually make things worse. Instead of shelling out for a steam cleaner and some bleach, call professional restoration teams with specially designed cleaning agents and industrial-strength equipment. Your possessions, flooring, and interior will thank you!
  1. Hire an IICRC Certified Firm. When you hire a contractor that has been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) you know that you’re not only getting properly trained and experienced workers, but also people that have been trained in recent techniques and tools. How do you know? Because to maintain IICRC certification you must take ongoing educational classes. It’s a win-win.

 

  1. Smoke Particles are Smaller than Your HVAC Filter Can Catch. Smoke, soot, ash, and toxic elements released by combustion are usually too small to be caught by a normal HVAC filter and must be cleaned out using special tools and techniques. Without professional intervention, these odors and toxic particles will continue to circulate.

Rewind Emergency Services knows how important it can be to deal with fire damage quickly. Our dedication to our community, skillfulness, and the ability to get where we’re needed are what make our reputation shine. Call us at (714) 494-9940 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.