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How Will A Professional Handle The Fire Restoration Process?

There are trained technicians who specialize in fire restoration services after a home fire. Nothing is more tragic than a house fire, and when one occurs, the homeowner and family are generally in shock and under a great deal of emotional stress. Once the fire is out and the fire trucks leave, the recovery process begins, both emotionally for the homeowner, and physically for the property. There will be fire, smoke, and water damage left behind. Unless the loss is severe, there is a way to return a home to pre-fire conditions, but it calls for professional help. The sooner a restoration service is contacted, the quicker the damage can be assessed and addressed. It is important that the company a homeowner chooses or that an insurance company recommends uses IICRC-approved technicians, to ensure that the job completion is in a timely and proficient manner.

What Does it Mean to be IICRC-approved?

Being IICRC-approved means that the technicians have undergone schooling in the restoration process and have been thoroughly tested on their knowledge and skill before earning the certification. Homeowners can have confidence that the work to restore their home is in good hands and will be thorough. Fire restoration can be a complex task. An IICRC-approved professional will be up-to-date in specialized training, and understand health and safety issues. He or she will have a great deal of knowledge in the application of a broad range of restoration techniques, have experience in the field, and a comprehensive knowledge of best practices.

How Does the Restoration Process Work?

Fire restoration and inspection are a multiphase process that includes restoring upholstery, flooring, and carpet to its original state, as well as the odor removal, mold remediation, repairing water and fire damage, and more. Ideally, it should begin within days if not hours of the fire, because smoke and water damage worsens with time. Unfortunately, water, the very substance that is used to extinguish the fire can have some of the most damaging effects.

The restorative procedure begins with the removal and replacement of damaged and charred structural elements. This holds true for the carpeting as well. Any drywall salvaged is sealed and repainted. Airing out the structure both during and after each phase of restoration acts to minimize odors. Savable content, furnishings, and removable fixtures undergo processing in a recovery facility before returning to the restored home. The restoration team will dispose of the debris left by the restoration process. Fire restoration firms also have provisions for demolishing structures that are not repairable.

An IICRC-certified fire restoration crew will know the best method for restoring a fire damaged home. It may feel like an expensive prospect, but considering the costs involved weighed against the value of a home, it is a money-saving investment. Insurance will likely pay for all or part of the restoration. The trauma of a house fire is beyond description. Hopefully, the upheaval can be mitigated, making it somewhat comforting to know that all doesn’t have to be a total loss, thanks to the restoration process.

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