Fire Restoration 101-You Asked, We Answered!

The firemen have left, and your house is a mess. You’re not sure what to do next or what you should expect from fire restoration services, and why should you! No one prepares you for this devastating situation, but at PBM we want to help make sure you have as much information as possible to handle fire damage.

The truth is that fire damage can be unpredictable, but there are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to fire restoration 101. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of how to handle fire damage in your home. And discuss the questions we get asked most frequently when it comes to restoring your home after fire damage.

Fire Restoration FAQs

Chances are you didn’t search this topic just for fun, but rather because you have experienced a fire in your home and you need help figuring out what is next. We understand fire restoration can be overwhelming, which is why we are covering all of the fire restoration questions that are running through your mind.

What's the first thing I should do after fire damage?

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If your home has incurred fire damage it is okay to take a moment to grieve. Chances are some of your belongings and photos have been damaged and that can take a huge emotional toll. However, once the fire has been put out and any medical attention needed is taken care of it’s time to call your insurance company.

From there, your insurance company may go ahead and send out an adjuster or they might wait until the fire restoration process has begun in order to decide how much money is needed for repairs.

Take the time to create a list of each and every item that has been lost or damaged in the fire to provide your insurance company with. When you have a fire at your house, you’ll want to document every single item in addition to the locations throughout your property that have been impacted. There’s no such thing as too many pictures in instances like this so be sure to document everything. Having these photos will help you better communicate with your insurance company and get started on the fire restoration process.

If the fire is small can I handle fire restoration on my own?

The simple answer to this question is no because even small fires can create major problems throughout your home. Trying to take care of fire restoration on your own can be dangerous in many ways and can even cause more damage to your home in the long run. Not only that, but fire restoration is complicated and requires a lot of experience in order to make sure it’s done properly.

Our team at PBM has extensive knowledge about fire restoration as well as access to the advanced cleaning solutions and equipment needed to restore the area. Regardless of whether or not your fire damage is widespread or contained in a small area, it’s important to get your home restored by a team of professionals.

Can I stay in my home during fire restoration?

This is another question that has a complicated answer. It really depends on the extent of fire damage and what kind of restoration services are being provided. In some cases, it may be necessary for you to leave your home until the fire restoration process is complete.

If professionals have given you the go-ahead to stay in your home during the restoration process, there are some things you can do to make the fire restoration process go more smoothly. First, try not to move anything around that you know will need to be restored by fire damage clean-up services.

However, if fire damage has affected your home’s infrastructure then it may be necessary for you and your family to stay with friends or another family member until your fire restoration services have been completed.

Did the water used to put out the fire damage my home?

While water is necessary to help put out a fire, the use of water can often result in additional damage to your home. This is because the fire department will usually use large amounts of water to extinguish the fire, and that water can seep into walls, floors, and even furniture.

In some cases, this additional damage may be so severe that it’s not possible to restore the area and your home will need to be rebuilt. It’s important that you document all water damage, no matter how minor it may seem, in order to provide your insurance company with as much information as possible.

Should I be worried about mold?

Our restoration team at PBM knows that mold is often a concern after any type of fire, so we are sure to keep an eye out for it while we are completing the restoration. We also make sure to thoroughly dry out any affected areas and utilize mold inhibitors to help keep it from growing.

If you’re worried about the potential for mold in your home, be sure to ask your fire restoration team about their plan for preventing it. Keep in mind that if there is evidence of mold growth, it’s important to have it removed as soon as possible to prevent any long-term health effects.

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How long will the fire restoration process take

The fire restoration process is much more complicated than you might imagine. There are so many factors that can play into how long fire damage clean-up services will take, including the size of your home and what kind of fire occurred.

We have outlined the basic steps that occur during fire restoration below:

  • Assess fire damage to determine the extent of damages and what services are necessary 
  • Remove soot and smoke from the home 
  • Restore any damaged areas of the home

It’s important to keep in mind that this is just a general overview, and each fire restoration project will be unique. If you have any specific questions about the length of your restoration the team handling the services will be able to provide you with a timeline of the repairs. At PBM our goal is to get your home back to pre-fire condition as soon as possible with the best quality of work imaginable. Allowing you to get back into your usual routine as quickly as possible.

Restore Your Home With PBM

If your home has been affected by fire, it’s important to take the time to assess the damage and get started on fire restoration services right away. By working with a professional team like PBM, you can minimize the damages caused by fire and get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. If you have any other questions about restoring your home after fire damage contact our team today! We are here to help you with anything you need and answer any and all questions you may have!