Cleaning Up After a Fire in Your House
Every year, fires in the United States and Canada destroy billions of dollars’ worth of land. Every 84 seconds, a house fire breaks out. Last year, almost 400,000 fires broke out in the United States, resulting in an estimated $8 million in property damage.
What Do You Do If Your House Is On Fire?
While some fires are complete losses with little or very little left to save, many others are much smaller. Whether there were little to no fires, or because the fire was extinguished quickly in some cases, there was no structural damage to the home. Even in those situations, the home normally suffers substantial smoke/soot damage. When a section of a structure is demolished, other parts of the structure may be structurally sound and can be replaced.You may want to check out Water Mold Fire Restoration of Albuquerque for more.
Restoration specialists are in charge of mitigating damage, cleaning, and restoring the structure to its pre-loss state.
• The first priority in any fire situation is protection, so make sure the house is structurally sound before entering. Before any assessment or work starts, it is critical to ensure that the structure is secure.
• Once inside, the next thing to remember is the products of incomplete combustion (PIC), which are generated by all fires and usually fill the structure long after the fire has been extinguished. Every fire produces hundreds, if not thousands, of PICs, all of which are dangerous, and some of which are even confirmed carcinogens. In the vast majority of situations, wearing a respirator should be considered.
• Proper ventilation is essential, and pollutants should be evacuated to the outside if at all necessary. Skilled airmovers or even standard box fans can be used for this. • The smoke/soot residue that is found in the building contains a multitude of acids. They should be put in a window, blowing out, with other windows open, ejecting the polluted air and allowing fresh air to come into the house. As something burns, these acids are produced as a byproduct. If the substance is petroleum-based (plastics, for example), there are far more acids present than if only natural materials (such as wood) are burned, and these acids are far more aggressive. These acids can begin to etch materials that are normally considered to be relatively resistant to heat damage, such as all metals, glass, crystal, china, and so on, in just a few days or a week. Because of the possibility of corrosion, “pre-treating” metals and other at-risk materials in the house should be considered. A soft coating of oil (vegetable oil, 3-in-1, etc.) is applied to the susceptible products as a pre-treatment. This will prevent pitting on certain surfaces and will be easily removed during the final cleaning.
Every room’s walls and wall coverings will be evaluated by a restoration specialist to see whether they need to be replaced or whether they can be successfully restored to their pre-loss state. They may not need to be removed in most situations if they have not been directly burned by the fire or by excessive heat. They can frequently be restored.