After a fire occurs in your home you are probably confused and anxious thinking about the cleanup process. But unless you take the time to contact a professional and get their expert advice you may be wasting your efforts or even creating further damage. After the flames have been extinguished you should call your insurance agency immediately. They can give you immediate feedback on the restoration or the replacement of any personal items that may have been damaged by soot smoke or the flames themselves. If you are only a renter you should let the owner know so that both of you can do a damage assessment.
Your insurance agency may also be able to provide you with a professional fire restoration contractor. These professionals can provide you with hints to prevent any further damages and can help determine which personal items of yours can be refurbished or not. These experts can also administer estimates and services for effectively cleaning and deodorizing your property. These services can be expensive but the cost may be substantially less than the cost of replacing any damaged or unsalvageable items such as furnishings and even flooring. You can find the names of fire damage contractors under “Fire & Water Damage Restoration”.
To prevent any further damage you need to follow strict guidelines to safely and efficiently restore your property back to pre-disaster condition. Be sure that you have permission for your local fire marshal to re-enter your home before you do so. Also you should get the air moving and open windows to properly ventilate the areas. Before starting any cleanup efforts it is important that your property be secured through a board up whether by professionals or yourself. This ensures that no vandals will enter your home or anyone for that matter unless you are there.
A fire in the home should always be taken care of in a timely and safe manner. As time passes the damages will only worsen. The types of damage after a fire can be soot ash charring smoke odor etc. It could be damage to a single room which is something that you could probably manage by yourself or extensive damage. Extensive damage should be taken care of by the professionals with state of the art equipment and techniques. You should spend a little time to think about whether you can handle the job on your own or if you will need to call in a team of professional cleaners.
California is experiencing disastrous wildfires now that are finally beginning to calm down you can read more about them here