Charlotte Fire Damage
No disaster causes as much damage as quickly as fire and smoke. Not only are you suffering the emotional impact of loss of cherished belongings, your living situation has become unsafe. At Restoration 1 Charlotte, NC, our trained smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte specialists understand how devastating a fire can be for you and your loved ones. We work hard to get your property back to like new. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). Our smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte specialists will go above and beyond to ensure that your property is clean and safe.
The Basic Restoration Process
- Remove damaged pieces
Our smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte experts carefully remove any components of your property that cannot be salvaged.
- Removing flooring
Soot, dust and other hazardous materials quickly settles, so our smoke and fire damage restoration specialists remove flooring to keep you safe.
- Evaluate structural framing
Not all fire and smoke damage is visible. Our smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte experts carefully and thoroughly evaluate all structural elements of your property, including sub-flooring and framing, to ensure your safety.
- Treat odors
Once we have determined the salvageable elements of your property, our smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte specialists use powerful solvents and deodorants to eliminate contaminants
- Remove or restore your HVAC system: Even if the HVAC unit was not damaged by fire, the airborne contaminants can settle in to the HVAC system. This can pose health risks even after your property has been restored. Based on the condition, our smoke and fire damage restoration Charlotte experts either restore or remove your HVAC system in order to guarantee good air quality.
WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS
If you have just suffered a fire in your home, we know you have a lot of questions. Is it safe to stay in the home? What can I do myself? What can I NOT do myself?
Our fire and smoke damage restoration experts are here to help!
Safety should definitely be your primary concern. Beware of potential electrical hazards. Also, be mindful of damaged areas where you could potentially slip and fall. Only perform activities if you are absolutely certain that you can perform them safely. Also, be aware that wet materials can be extremely heavy. Do not try to remove heavy items. One of our fire and smoke damage restoration specialists can do that for you.
When in doubt, wait for a professional fire and smoke damage restoration expert to guide you.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A FIRE
If it is safe for you to enter your home, then there are a few things that you can do to help with the restoration process.
- Limit movement in damaged areas in order to prevent soot particles from spreading and settling in to into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so that you don’t spread the grime to upholstery, walls, woodwork, and other areas of the home.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and carpet that are in high traffic areas. This also minimizes the spread of soot and grime.
- If electricity is off, empty the freezer and the refrigerator, then prop the doors open to let those areas air out and dry.
- Throw away any packaged or canned food and beverages that may have been stored near fire, exposed to heat, or exposed to water.
- Clean chrome appliances and fixtures, then protect them with a light coating of petroleum jelly or mineral oil until the home has been restored.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves to remove the soot and grime. Move what you can outside so that it can get a bit of fresh air.
- Change the HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air vents in order to prevent soot and grime from settling into the duct work.
WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER A FIRE
There are many things you should NOT attempt to do yourself after a fire. Here is a list of some of the things you should not do without first contacting a professional fire and smoke damage restoration expert.
- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
- Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, exposed to heat, or exposed to water.
- Do not use any packaged or canned food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
- Do not turn on ceiling lights or fans if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged, which poses a big hazard.
- Thoroughly clean all dishes, utensils, and pots and pans that have been exposed to smoke with bleach and water before using. If an item will not come clean, ere on the side of caution and throw it away.
- Do not take soiled clothing to an ordinary dry cleaner. Find a dry cleaner who has experience cleaning items that have been exposed to smoke. Improper cleaning may actually cause the odor of smoke to settle in, which will ruin the clothing.
OTHER IMPORTANT DAMAGE CONSIDERATIONS
A fire is overwhelming. Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage is even worse. It is important to call a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company as quickly as possible. Calling within the first twenty-four hours after a fire is ideal. This provides the best chances for your fire and smoke damage restoration specialists to salvage the most of your property as possible.
In the event of a fire, the damage caused by the fire and the smoke is bad enough. However, many property owners do not consider the potential water damage that is also involved. Water is used to extinguish the fire. The larger that the fire is, the more water has to be used to put it out. This can cause significant water damage. Fortunately, our restoration specialists can handle water damage restoration in addition to the fire and smoke damage restoration.
Our certified fire and smoke damage Charlotte restoration specialists understand how difficult a property fire is, and we promise to handle all of your belongings and property with the utmost care. Our goal is to work with you to bring your property back to pre-fire condition so that you can resume your normal life.