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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire Restoration in 5 Steps

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Man using a thermal fogger Smoke cleanup in a Louisville, CO business

Fire Restoration Process

If your Louisville, CO, business suffers fire damage, there will be a lot to do: water cleanup, repairs, smoke cleaning, etc. It can be difficult to know where to begin. The following steps outline the fire restoration process.

1. Report and Document Damage
Before beginning a fire cleanup, call your insurance agent and report the damage. Make sure you follow all directions that you are given. Take photos or video of the damage before you start repairs.

2. Secure Property
If there are broken windows or other openings, use a tarp or plywood to seal them off. This prevents vandals, wildlife, and rain from entering and causing further damage.

3. Dry Property
Whether you have a sprinkler system installed or had to call the fire department, your building will need to be dried thoroughly to prevent mold growth. You can use buckets, wet/dry vacuums, or pumps for water cleanup. After the standing water has been removed, there will still be moisture trapped in porous surfaces. Fans or dehumidifiers can be used to finish drying out these items.

4. Soot and Smoke Cleaning
Soot can be corrosive so it is important to act quickly. There are several varieties of soot, and they require different cleaning products and methods. If necessary, a certified restoration expert can help you determine the best approach.
There are several smoke cleaning methods available on the market, including ozone treatment, air purification, and thermal fogging. A professional can help you choose the best smoke cleanup method for your unique situation.

5. Repair and Replace
After a fire, you will likely have items that have been burned, lost their structural integrity, or are otherwise damaged. Depending on your skill level, you may be able to do some of these repairs yourself. Others will likely require professional assistance, but some things may irreparably be damaged and have to be replaced.
From water cleanup to soot removal, it is important to act quickly after a fire. Otherwise, your property may suffer further damage. The restoration process can seem overwhelming, but going step-by-step can help you stay focused.

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