If you’ve recently experienced a fire in your Gilbert, AZ home (or know someone who has), then you likely have questions about what to do. To help, we’ve answered some of the most common questions below. Take a look so you can learn more about what to do about fire damage and staying safe in your home.
1. Should You Clean Up?
Although you might be tempted to wash your walls, it’s not recommended to do this because smoke and soot can be difficult and dangerous to get rid of. You’ll only waste time trying to clean up, especially if you don’t have the proper equipment. However, you can remove damaged items from your room or kitchen that are beyond saving.
2. Should You Stay Home?
If the damage is extensive and you can’t safely breathe, then it’s recommended to leave your home until recovery is finished. However, if only a small area was damaged, then it’s recommended to put an air filter in the room and avoid it. With that, you should be able to stay in your home without a risk to your health.
3. Is My Breathing Air Safe?
After a fire, a lot of smoke and soot will be released into the air. In order to minimize this transferring throughout the house, place cheesecloths over each air register. It’s also recommended to change out your HVAC filter after the fire to clean out any smoke or soot that was absorbed.
4. When Should I Call a Professional?
As soon as possible. While emergency technicians should be your first contact to help put out the fire, restoration technicians should be your next step in recovery. Don’t wait days or weeks, as the damage will only get worse over time.
5. How Long Does it Take for Damage to be Removed?
When you hire a professional, the time it takes to restore your home will depend on the extent of the damage. However, because these experts have extensive training and the proper equipment, they’ll go through each step in the most time-effective manner possible.
Dealing with Fire Damage the Right Way
Once the flames of a household fire have been put out, restoration is the next step to recovering your home the right way. Remember, even if fire damage doesn’t look bad, that doesn’t mean dangers aren’t lurking. We offer inspections and comprehensive restoration service that can offer you peace of mind and a safer home to live in.