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Don’t DIY Fire Damage Cleanup

Woman observing house fire

We live in the days of do-it-yourself home remodels and weekend warriors, it can be tempting to Google a solution to your current house maintenance obstacle. While in some cases it is certainly okay to go the DIY route, there are some home projects you should always leave to the professionals. Fire damage cleanup is one of them. If done incorrectly or incompletely, you could be forced to live with a lifetime of smoke odor and residual damage, or just make the problems worse. Besides, your homeowner’s insurance should cover the restoration work, so take the time to heal from the trauma with your family and let the professionals do the hard work.

First and foremost, after a fire, make sure everyone is safely out of your Indianapolis home. Once everything has settled down, you can get the ball rolling on repairing your home to its pre-loss condition. In many cases, cleanup and restoration can start within 24 hours of the fire. Reputable contractors, like Total Restoration, can help you work with your insurance company to get the claim rolling and get your family back in your home as quickly as possible.

Now, back to our point of hiring a professional to do the restoration work for you. Here are a couple other reasons to leave fire and smoke damage restoration to the pros.

Your belongings

Your washing machine likely will not get all the soot and smoke damage off of your clothes. Every single item in your cupboards will need to be washed. All your furniture will need to be cleaned. You may have some electronics with soot and ash caked inside. You get the picture. Fires do a lot of damage. When trying to handle the cleanup yourself, you would likely find yourself just throwing most things away and starting over, but that is a much more costly approach than allowing a restoration company to clean and restore your items. We have special machines that can clean the toughest stains and safely remove odors from a variety of textiles and surfaces. Crews will do all the packing up for you, while taking a careful inventory of every item, then return them to your home after the rest of the restoration is done.

Air quality

Smoke odors can hide in tricky places like wood, behind cabinets, in wall cavities, and so on. Pretty much any open or porous space can become home to smoke odors. You can’t just wash the smell away. It takes special solutions and odor removal machines to truly eliminate odors from every nook and cranny. Plus, it is key the odor be removed from all the surfaces of your home – like furniture, clothes, drapes, and so on.

If not properly removed, that smoke odor can linger for years. Over time, it can trigger health problems.

When choosing a fire damage restoration company to trust in your home, be sure to look for customer testimonials, ask around to family and friends, and don’t be afraid to give us a call! We are here to answer any questions you have!