According to a report by the Home Office, there were 30,693 house fires in the year ending September 2018. After a fire in the home or at a business premises, the priority is to return the property back to its pre-incident condition as soon as possible, so fire restoration services by a professional company are essential.
Here are four top tips on what to do if your property has been damaged by fire.
1) Smoke removal: Smoke and odour removal after a fire is one of the most complicated parts of the fire damage restoration process because it’s invisible and takes specialist knowledge to remove it quickly and efficiently. The sooner you call in a fire restoration services company the better, as time is of the essence. Heat and pressure from a fire causes smoke to rise up through floorboards and seep into cracks in the walls which means, if not cleaned up by a specialist fire restoration services company, smoke residue and contaminants can linger for years.
2) Water damage: A side-effect of fire damage that’s often forgotten, is water damage. Water from fire hoses that put out house fires can not only damage belongings, carpets and upholstery, but can also have serious consequences for the structure of a property. A specialist fire restoration services company will be on call 24 hours a day and have the professional equipment to extract standing water left behind by the fire service. Once the water is removed, the building and any contents that are salvageable can be dried out, sanitised and deodorised.
3) Getting rid of household items that are beyond saving: Unfortunately, some furniture and personal belongings may be unsalvageable due to smoke and soot damage. These need to be bagged up and thrown away. However, a fire restoration services company will be able to assess what can be saved, and what can’t. Some belongings can be cleaned on site using specialist equipment, and clothes and other porous items can be dry cleaned.
4) Cleaning carpets and upholstery: After a fire, carpets, upholstery and soft furnishings will be damaged by soot stains and smoke odour. As the effects of smoke and soot can linger for a long time, anything that can be saved should be cleaned on site by a specialist cleaner.
With just one call to Rainbow, you can arrange the fire restoration services and recovery support you need. We have a 24-hour helpline, so you can get help when you need it. And, as we have more than 60 branches across the UK, it’s likely that there’s a Rainbow International branch within just 23 miles of your postcode.
Call us now on 01623 422488.