One of the first things likely on your mind after experiencing a fire is how to bring your home back to normal as soon as possible. Seeing your home impacted by a fire can be devastating and a complete eyesore. Because of that, you may be tempted to start the cleaning process on your own right away, but it can actually be a lot more dangerous and complicated than you may think. It could possibly even cause further damage to your home and belongings.
With the internet chock-full of information on how to DIY everything, it may seem pretty easy and cheap to restore your home on your own. Many DIY websites may even suggest that it is a quick process that anyone can do. However, attempting to start the process of restoring your damaged contents can actually be extremely stressful and arduous. Moreover, it can cause more harm than good.
One of the largest disadvantages of attempting your own fire damage cleanup is not having the proper knowledge. When going through your damaged contents, you may assume that many pieces of furniture, clothing and other household items are beyond repair. Without that experience, it’s impossible to tell, and you may end up throwing out items that are entirely salvageable. An expert in damaged contents restoration will be able to go through these belongings with a trained eye and save items that you may have otherwise thrown away and would have to replace, costing you more money in the long run.
Fire-damaged content restoration can genuinely take a very long time. So many steps have to be taken to ensure that nothing is left behind from the damage to keep yourself and others from health hazards. When professionals are called in, they are able to save you the time that it would take for you to attempt it. You are able to continue with your life while experts are hard at work bringing your home back to its original state.
Moreover, they may be able to help you save money in the long run. While most insurance companies cover the restoration cost, they can also ensure that you don’t throw things out that would have to be repurchased.
Even when a fire has been put out, soot and smoke stick around in a home as clear evidence. Smoke becomes embedded in almost everything in your home, including the walls, furniture, carpet, personal belongings, etc. There are special procedures that must be taken to extract smoke from these items or else they will continue to haunt you for years in the form of odors and potential health risks.
The fine particles that smoke leaves behind can penetrate deep into your lungs and cause many health problems. These issues include but are not limited to asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, eye irritation, and skin problems. The more you are exposed to these pesky particles, the more prone you are to these issues.
Initially, it may seem easy to simply wipe away the soot in your home, but the fine particles can hide very easily deep within just about anything in your home. Professional restoration companies have specialized equipment and proper knowledge to altogether remove any trace of this smoke from your damaged contents to avoid harm to your and others’ health. By attempting it on your own, you could potentially push the particles further into surfaces. You shouldn’t even attempt to wash your clothing, as it will seep deep into your clothing as well. All About Contents will take care of even the smallest of items to ensure there isn’t a trace left.