When your home has been damaged by a fire, large or small, it can be absolutely devastating. You may have lost important, significant belongings, or your furniture and other structures around your home could be permanently damaged. Overwhelmed by the cost of repairs, you may think you can handle the restoration on your own. But, fire damage restoration can be extremely dangerous and should always be handled only by those professionally certified and trained to do so.
Often times, the leftover smoke and ash residue can be more damaging than the fire itself - as we’ve covered in previous blogs. Not only can it leave permanent discoloration and other aesthetic damages, but fires often leave carbon monoxide behind. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide can be extremely damaging to your health and is invisible to the naked eye - the only way to know if carbon monoxide is present in your home is to test for it. Luckily, professional restoration companies (like The Steam Team) are able to do so upon entering the home. Plus, the technicians know (and have access to) the proper gear to wear to protect themselves from any health damage.
Furthermore, homeowners usually have a difficult time deciding which of their belongings can be salvaged versus those that need to be thrown out. Unfortunately, smoke damage and water damage can permeate into fabrics and other materials around the home that you may not know about. In many cases, belongings that are too damaged and even dangerous to keep around are thought to be safe by someone who’s unexperienced. On the other hand, however, items that could actually be salvaged may be thrown away.
All in all, your safest option is to hire a professional like The Steam Team. If you’re worried about cost, a professional will be able to evaluate the extent of damage and work with your insurance company. Don’t worry! We’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just give us a call!
Can You Handle Fire Damage Restoration on Your Own?