Fire damage is one of the most stressful events that a homeowner can experience. Whether you’ve experienced a small fire in your kitchen or a fire that affected your entire home, you probably have more than a few questions about fire restoration. In today’s post, we will answer some of the most common questions we receive about fire restoration. Midwest Restoration Services is Batavia’s Top Rated Local® restoration company, and our team of experts can help you restore your home, your belongings, and your life. Contact a member of our team today to get started.
Can I Live in My Home Immediately After a Fire?
You may be able to return to your home if the damage to your home was not extensive. Smoke, soot, and water damage can all make a home unsafe to live in. While you will probably be tempted to survey the damage, do not enter your home after until the fire department has approved you to do so. Your utilities, including water, gas, and electricity, will all need to be inspected by a professional in order to ensure that they are safe for use. If your utilities have been disconnected by the fire department, do not attempt to turn them back on yourself.
You will likely have to find temporary housing if the damage to your home is extensive. Friends and family are an ideal option, but disaster relief agencies such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross are great options as well. Restoration services can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to complete, so make sure that you’re comfortable with wherever you choose to stay.
Should I Throw Away the Food in My Kitchen After a Fire?
The kitchen is where the majority of home fires begin, so many homeowners naturally have questions about the perishable goods in the pantry and the refrigerator after the fire has been extinguished. In general, you should expect to throw away just about everything currently in your kitchen. Your electricity was likely turned off by the fire department, meaning that everything in your refrigerator and your freezer has probably spoiled. Unless your cupboards and pantry are tightly sealed, smoke and firefighting chemicals may have spoiled and permeated pre-packaged products. Your utensils and cutlery may be damaged as well, so be sure to thoroughly inspect and clean your forks, spoons, and knives before using them after a fire. As a rule of thumb, toss anything that you have even a slight concern about. Smoke, firefighting chemicals, and burned packaging can all make you seriously ill, so always err on the side of caution.
Can My Furniture Be Salvaged After a Fire?
No matter how you’ve chosen to furnish your home, salvaging your investments will be one of your first concerns after the fire is extinguished. Many homeowners are relieved to hear that most furnishings can be salvaged after a fire, even if the items suffered burn, soot, and water damage. Water damage should be your primary concern, as mold and mildew can begin to grow within 48 hours. The best way to begin drying your furniture is to use heavy fans and a dehumidifier as soon as possible.
After drying your furniture, you will need to begin removing soot and the smell of smoke. Strong vacuums and mild detergents can reduce the smell of smoke, but the best way to ensure that your furniture is fully restored is to contact a restoration company for assistance. Smoke and soot can permeate everything from drapes to items kept in storage, making the smoke damage restoration much more complicated than simply treating the furniture in your living room. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and would like help restoring your furniture, get in touch with us to learn more about our restoration services.
We hope that this post has helped you to better understand fire restoration. We will continue to explore this topic in future posts, but in the meantime, reach out to us if you would like to learn more about our restoration services. We assess everything from fire damage to smoke and soot damage, and we will work tirelessly to help you restore your home to its pre-fire state. Contact Midwest Restoration Services today to get started!