So how do you deal with fire damage? First and foremost, it is important to try and pull yourself together. It is obviously a big shock. Before the fire took place you had a wonderful home and after the fire brigade is gone you are left with a total mess. Not to worry. Things might have gone even worse, believe it or not.
Open the doors and windows if it’s dryer outside to help remove moisture and speed up the drying process. It’s critical to dry out the area completely to reduce the chance of mold setting in.
Before ever starting with any restoration and cleanup process, you have to make your home as safe as possible. Turn off all electricity that is in the room of damage. You never want to put you, your family, or the service workers in danger.
Mop up the water damaged area using absorbent sponges or a wet/dry vacuum cleaner (if it’s safe to do so). Remove as much excess water as possible. Move furniture from the damaged area and dry it off completely. If the upholstery is damaged, remove the cushions, use absorbent sponges to soak up as much water as possible, and place outside to dry.
If your home or business is affected by water damage the best first step is to call your insurance company and have a Sewage backup company come out and assess the damage. Here are some tips to help you as a homeowner to help in the restoration of your home.
1) The first step is to dehumidify the area. As long as the area is no longer submerged in water and has been cleared to be safe by an electrician you may start running dehumidifiers.
This is of course an over simplification of the process involved but it gives you an idea of what you need to do. Contact a restoration service, contact your insurance and then hope for the best. Flood damage is never easy to clean up but remember that you will eventually get through it.