Fire damage appears obvious. It blackens your home and consumes furnishings, leaving soot and ashes in its wake. When you think of fire damage restoration, you doubtlessly think of replacing floors, walls, and cleaning the areas that can be salvaged. You may assume these are things you and your family can do on your own. However, fire can still hurt you after it’s extinguished. If you don’t hire a professional fire damage restoration team, you will inevitably leave traces of the fire within your home. These traces often lead to serious consequences.
Smoke doesn’t just vanish. While it may not cloud the air after a while, it drifts throughout your home, leaving deposits of potentially dangerous chemicals and irritants. The smoke from a fire moves to the coolest areas of the home, meaning rooms you may not assume have fire damage actually have heavy traces of smoke. Smoke creeps into vents, between walls, and many other spaces you can’t clean on your own. This is why smoke removal is a key part of fire damage restoration.
Even though it isn’t visible, these traces of smoke can hurt you and your family. They can circulate through your vents, reaching every corner of your home. Even weeks and months after a fire, residual smoke can cause irritation and coughing. These symptoms are especially dangerous for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Even if your house doesn’t look like it’s about to fall down, fire can cause hidden structural problems. These can rapidly deteriorate without restoration. Even if a main support isn’t damaged in the fire, the fire can compromise minor supports that take stress off of critical junctions. Over time, this compounded stress can cause drastic structural damage.
Insidious forces such as mold also creep into your house after a fire. If you or the fire department probably put out at least part of the fire with water. Mold grows in damp places within a matter of days. Since you must thoroughly soak the area around a fire to put it out, you may find that your home has as much water damage as it does fire damage. Mold loves nothing more than a wet, fire damaged environment, especially is part of a wall or roof was damaged in the blaze. Mold often hides under flooring, between walls, and beneath wallpaper. It can cause any number of respiratory conditions while slowly turning your home into food. Don’t let the fire damage trick you. Just because part of the room isn’t blackened doesn’t mean it doesn’t need restoration.
When you begin the process of fire damage restoration, be sure to include smoke removal and even water damage on your list of necessities. Smoke keeps harmful traces of the fire in every part of your home, and any damp space is an invitation for mold. Restoring your home after a fire goes beyond removing ash and rebuilding walls. True restoration will make your home feel like there was never a fire at all.