How to Find Someone to Restore a House After a Fire

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How to Find Someone to Restore a House After a Fire
Fires cause structural damage. (fire image by Fotocie from Fotolia.com)

After a fire, your home will most likely need restoration work. The walls and ceilings might need complete replacement; the floors might also require new installation; and smoke damage is a given. You should hire professionals, since a fire may involve several hazardous chemicals, such as those found in grease and oil fires, which are difficult to clean with common cleansers. With your mortgage company and insurance agent overseeing the technical data, you must find the right crew and services needed to repair and restore your home.

Skill level:
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    Contact a water clean-up company first. This type of company will dry out your home by removing excess amounts of water. Water is one way fire brigades control and eventually cease a fire. There might be minimal water in certain areas of the home or there could be several inches of standing water. The water clean-up company is found through your insurance agent as an immediate response crew that has to treat the home directly after the fire is put out. Without drying your home first, the relative humidity will be high and can stimulate the growth of mould. Mold is a dangerous bacteria that many people are allergic to, suffering serious headaches and sinus troubles from the growth.

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    Speak to the fire brigade that assisted in stopping the fire. The department may know of a service that will have the proper tools for the type of fire that you had. A kitchen fire, for instance, might have started from grease. Since grease is a thick, oily substance, it will take a certain soap to remove the oil from the floor and cabinets. In addition, the fire brigade will tell you whether the home is structurally sound and can be cleaned up. Otherwise, the property could be too damaged to rennovate.

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    Call a local construction contractor for advice. Contractors may have worked alongside a restoration company when rebuilding parts of the home. The contractor might know a good fire restoration provider that can help make repairs. The contractor may also help restore parts of the home that were damaged by water and smoke. For example, cabinetry or a staircase that have been soaked might need to replacement. A carpenter contractor can help with these repairs and restorations.

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    Verify that the company you are interested in is certified in restoration with an organisation like the Institute of Inspection or the Restoration Industry Association. A certified employee or supervisor will ensure that the work is done with the utmost quality and is up to electrical and building codes, where needed.

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