If you've suffered a house fire this summer, you're about to find out that extinguishing the flames is only part of the recovery process. Fires affect every area of the house, even those not touched by the flames. Unfortunately, smoke damage is extremely difficult to clean up after.
If you've decided to try and clean up after the smoke damage by yourself, you really need to rethink that decision. So many things can go wrong when you try to clean up smoke damage by yourself. Here are just three of the reasons you need a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company to clean up the smoke damage for you.
Everything Is Going to Be Affected
When you walk through your house after the fire, you're going to notice that just about everything — if not absolutely everything — is covered with soot. However, even things that aren't covered in soot are still going to be contaminated. In fact, virtually everything inside your home will have been affected by the smoke from the fire. Because of that, your food should be thrown away, your clothing should be washed in hot water, and your furniture should be professionally cleaned to get the chemicals and the soot out of the fibers.
Surface Cleaning Won't Cut It
When it comes to cleaning up smoke damage, surface cleaning simply won't cut it. Everything in your home will need a deep cleaning to remove any trace of smoke that might have been left behind. Unfortunately, if you're not familiar with smoke damage cleanup, you might accidentally miss some of those spaces that need to be cleaned, which means chemicals and soot might get left behind. Don't take that chance. Hire professionals to clean up the smoke damage.
There's Going to Be a Strong Odor
After a house fire, the smoke odor can linger for months, especially if the cleanup isn't done thoroughly. The last thing you want to do is live with smoke odors. Not only is the odor unpleasant, but the odor could signify that you still have some hazardous chemicals lingering in your home after the fire. To make sure the smoke odors, and the chemicals emitted during the fire, are cleaned up and gone, you're going to need professional cleaning throughout your home.
Don't risk your health. If your home has been damaged in a fire, make sure the smoke and soot is cleaned up by a professional restoration crew.