Has your family home undergone fire damage? If so, the first thing you are going to have to do is to throughout assess the magnitude of the damage caused. The reality is that even if it looks like your property still has sound structural integrative, there could still be some serious underlying problems. Your first course of action should be to cover everything with enough water to prevent ash and sparks from reigniting or causing further fires. Wetting everything down will also reduce the number of harmful dust particles in the air.
When cleaning up the mess in your home, it is imperative that you wear proper protective gear. For instance, you should wear a pair of high-quality, thick fire-retardant gloves for picking up all dirty items. If there are lots of sharp objects around, you need to wear thick leather gloves in order to adequately protect your hands. In addition, during the cleanup you should be wearing eye protection and a N-95 respirator. Your footwear is also important and thick rubber boots are recommended.
You need to get air circulating inside your home, so open as many windows as you can to ventilate your property. Good ventilation is also important for drying out your home after the application of water. However, you need to thoroughly clean carpets and upholstered items before they dry out, as dirt and soot will set permanently into such items once dried. That said, you need to work fast in order to prevent mold from growing on the underside of carpets due to the excess moisture. You should seek further guidance for removing soot from walls and ceilings.
It is important to ensure that you seek advice from expert fire damage restoration professionals in order to get information about a chemical process known as thermal fogging. Thermal fogging is used to remove the overwhelming smell of smoke from your home. The process can penetrate walls and ceilings and completely neutralizing all nasty smoke odors.
After inspecting your home, there is a chance that a simple cleanup will not be possible and that your only option will be to repair or rebuild your property. You might find that it is actually cheaper to completely rebuild your home than to try to repair serious structural damage. What’s more, sometimes thermal fogging is not effective and the smell of smoke remains in a property permanently. You need to make your own choices based on the full extent of the fire damage.