Creating Lasting Repairs

Dealing With The Aftermath? How To Recover From A House Fire

by Marvin Gilbert

Kitchen fires may seem small but they can leave your home with a significant amount of smoke damage. If your home has been damaged by a fire, you need to move quickly to repair the damage. The information provided below will help you restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

If you've had a fire in your home, it's important that you ensure proper ventilation. Without proper ventilation, harmful gases and fumes will build up in your home, making it unhealthy for you to be inside. As soon as it's safe to go back into your home, you need to open all the windows. If the electricity is still on in your home, place box fans in each room to help circulate the air. Leave the fans on throughout the cleaning process to ensure fresh air.

Clean the Surfaces

Once you have ventilation in your home, you'll need to start cleaning the surfaces. This is crucial when recovering from a fire. Cleaning the surfaces in your home will remove harmful soot and chemicals. Be sure to clean every surface in your home, including those that do not appear to have been contaminated with soot. Chemicals may have been used to extinguish the fire, which will have traveled throughout your home. You can clean the surfaces of your home with a simple soap and water solution. Once you've washed the surfaces, be sure to rinse everything with fresh water. This will ensure that all residue has been removed.

Wash Your Laundry

After a fire, it's important that you wash all the laundry in your home, even if it was not exposed to the fire. Soot can permeate through the fibers of your clothing, making it unsafe for you to wear. Send all your laundry through at least two wash cycles to ensure that all the soot has been removed. It's best that you take your laundry to a laundromat so that you can use the larger capacity machines. This will ensure that you clothing is thoroughly cleansed.

Hire a Restoration Team

When it comes to restoring your home after a fire, it's important that you work with a fire damage restoration company. An experienced restoration company will know where to look for the hidden damage, such as inside the ducts where soot and chemicals may be lurking. Failure to work with a restoration company may leave your home with lingering damage.