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Why it pays to use specialists to fight smoke damage

Fires inevitably leave smoke damage behind them and this can take the form of both visible soot and invisible odour.  If your property is suffering from smoke damage in either or both these forms, all is not lost.  Specialist fire restoration teams like those from Rainbow International are fully equipped to deal with both.

Specialist fire damage restoration – a 3 part process:


    • • Cleaning – ie. the removal of soot and foreign matter which may have contaminated items of furniture and other household goods. Cleaning is usually the quickest process and the preferred option for the insurance company and homeowner(s). Heat and pressure from a fire causes smoke to rise up through floorboards and enter cracks in the walls which means smoke residue and contaminants can linger for years, if not tackled by specialist professionals.  Odour from smoke and soot particles can also linger for months if not cleaned and sanitised by professional services.


    • • “Resurfacing”– for example, repainting walls and areas not destroyed by the fire and re-upholstery of surviving furniture etc. Resurfacing is a good option for sentimental items or when property owners would like to retain original features.  Resurfacing can be more costly than cleaning but less expensive than replacement. Insurance companies will also recommend this alternative to homeowners.


    • • Replacement. Replacement is the last choice and most costly option but is the only solution when items in the home are destroyed or are beyond economical repair.


In the unfortunate event of a fire, businesses and homeowners are keen to rush in themselves, salvage what they can and send builders in immediately to make good any damage.  It’s an understandable reaction under the circumstances, but experience shows that it is much more economical and efficient to call in professional fire restoration services to clean up after fire damage.


Don’t Rush in


If you are unlucky enough to experience a fire at your property, it is human nature to rush in afterwards to try and salvage what you can.


Avoid Danger


However, a fire damaged building can be a very dangerous and hazardous place because burning cinders may not have been fully extinguished and because of the presence of smoke and toxic fumes in the air. The fire could also have weakened the building structure or damaged the roof.


Invest in specialist professional fire restoration services


Cleaning up after fire and smoke damage restoration can be a long, tedious and costly process. And it can easily become even more costly if you don’t use professional fire restoration providers who have been trained and have the right equipment.

They will be able to both minimise further, or secondary damage to a building and salvage belongings and possessions from the fire wherever economically viable efficiently.

A professional fire restoration service provider, like Rainbow International, can save thousands of pounds by evaluating what they can save and restore, before fully committing property owners to the cost of repairs and restoration.

No challenge is too great for the teams at Rainbow International.  Whatever the problem, Rainbow International has a solution and have more than 65 branches across the UK and is on average just 23 miles from any incident in the country. Find your local branch here and choose the branch-finder option which is located on every page, or alternatively, call our 24 hour helpline on 01623-422488 now to find out how Rainbow could help you following a flood, fire or accidental damage incident.

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