There are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t skimp on smoke damage restoration.
Skimping on smoke damage restoration can lead to serious injury. If you have insurance, you have the means for paying for this essential professional service. Don’t make the mistake of saving pennies by performing the work yourself. You may wind up sacrificing your health.
Here are just a few reasons you need a professional to deal with smoke and soot, even after a small house fire:
- House fires aren’t “clean burns.” If you’ve ever been camping, you know how a campfire’s fuel can change the color, quality and smell of the smoke coming off of the fire. The same is true for accidental fires occurring at home. The possessions and building materials that burn in your fire will put out smoke containing toxic chemicals, carcinogens and caustic particles capable of scarring metal and glass. These are the elements you’re dealing with when you risk staying in a building where a fire has taken place. It really is safer to leave while a restoration company works its smoke damage cleanup.
- Possessions and materials affected by soot and smoke continue to contaminate indoor air. Your items don’t have to be charred in order to be bad for your health. Smoke particles can be trapped in paper and fabrics. When moved, they can release those harmful elements into your indoor air. For this reason, it’s best to remove those items and find ways of replacing what you can in the aftermath. Few possessions are worth the risk of lung or eye damage.
- You don’t have the tools needed to clean up toxic, caustic chemicals. Professional restoration services use high-powered, industrial fans, air purifying equipment, UV eliminators, uber-thick high-quality filters and ozone generators, among other items. Chances are, you won’t be able to source many of these items in order to use them. However, if you did, would you have the training or experience to put them to best use? Ozone generators all on their own can be significantly destructive if they’re not used in the ways intended. They’re adept at eliminating pollutants, but when used indoors, it’s easy to run them too high and introduce health risks.
- Experienced restoration companies can help you deal with your insurance. As you clear damaged items from your home and initiate repairs, a professional company can provide you with the documentation needed to have your costs covered. Professionals can also explain to you how the process will work. This is probably your first house fire, and you may be feeling very unsure of yourself. Having a trusted friend who has done this time and again can be a tremendous help. In many situations, your insurance agent can offer support, but part of the job entails minimizing insurance payouts. Restorers have seen families be ravaged by bad insurance policies and may be able to help you improve your position as far as claims are concerned. From a practical and an emotional standpoint, working with someone on smoke damage restoration can be an empowering experience.
Schedule a smoke damage restoration consultation today. Visit Can-Restore online or dial (770) 400-9017 to get back to breathing easy.