Struggling with the aftermath of fire damage? Wondering what you should do next? Our fire damage restoration experts shared some common questions we get about the restoration process below:
How Can I Assist During the Restoration Process?
We understand that you want to help and make the restoration process successful. But any wrong action like using household cleaning agents can worsen the damage, as they leave a residue that reaches deep layers of your material.
It’s best to call an expert and wait for them. If your property has experienced severe damage due to fire, wait outside, and don’t step into the space. Professionals will help you determine the extent of the damages and what can be done to restore them.
What Items Should I Keep With Me?
- Valuables and collectibles
- Credit cards and checkbooks
- Personal documents
Do I Need to Move Out?
Most likely, yes! Fire and smoke can affect indoor air quality and cause soot to form which can lead to serious respiratory problems. If your structure is unstable, stay away from your office or house and move out until we allow you to enter your property.
How Long Restoration Process Could Take?
There is no definite time, as the duration of the restoration process depends on the extent of the damages. If we have a lot of content to protect and restore, along with smoke and soot cleaning it can take a few days to several weeks.
Do You Move My Belonging from the Premises?
If your belongings are in good condition, we will move them to a safe place so that the smoke and fumes in your space don’t damage them further.
Can I Turn on my HVAC?
No! You never know whether a fire has damaged your HVAC system or not. If it has, HVAC might cause an electric shortcut or even another fire. So, avoid turning on your HVAC or any other electricity during the restoration process.
Are There Any Safety Concerns?
After the fire, there will be several safety concerns. We try to identify and resolve safety issues like poor air quality, high amount of debris, slip and trip hazards, and electrical problems. Our team might have to dispose of burnt appliances and systems to secure your house and our employees working on the site.
ServiceMaster at Fresno can help you restore your property after a fire. We use modern techniques, high-end machinery and tools, and our experience to get your property back into its original condition. So, contact us soon after firefighters extinguish the fire to start the restoration process, and protect your belongings if possible. You can contact us at any day and any time – we’re available 24/7!