The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Fire and Flood Restoration

Think you’ve heard it all about fire and flood restoration? Just wait.

Fire and Flood RestorationFire and flood restoration. Those are not words you want to hear. Ever. But if you should be in the line of fire, so to speak, and you’re hit with a disaster that includes fire or water, or both, it’s good to have all of your ducks in a row. And even more important, it’s good to be able to tell the good information from the bad. With that in mind, we’d like to present some of the worst advice we’ve ever heard about fire and water damage, and a little bit of good advice to set you straight. Here you go!

Bad Advice: When the fire’s out, you can go back in your house.

We’re going to say that’s not good advice. First of all there could still be hot spots that could be extremely dangerous. Second, there’s the smoke. Third, there’s the water. Fourth, there’s the chance the building could collapse. We could go on and on. The truth is that it’s only safe to enter a building after a fire when the fire department deems it safe. Wait for the word from the professionals.

Bad Advice: Don’t call your insurance company.

No, actually, do call your insurance company. The only way to get your home or business coverage kicked into gear is by starting the claims process. Unless you want to foot the bill for the repair and restoration yourself, you should definitely call your insurance company.

Bad Advice: Take your time with water cleanup, there’s no rush.

The reality is that time is of the essence when it comes to cleaning up fire damage, and especially cleaning up the water damage and flooding that goes with it. When firefighters are putting out the flames they use water. A lot of water. And that water runs down and through your home or business and soaks everything and often leaves giant amounts of standing water.

Water left standing will result in further damage and deterioration of the structure, but it will also leave mold and mildew in its wake. Mold is toxic and dangerous and will need special treatment and mitigation to get rid of, so trying to prevent it in the first place is key.

Bad Advice: Take your time with smoke and soot cleanup, there’s no rush.

Soot and smoke residue are extremely corrosive. Left untreated they can cause further damage to wallpaper, paint, fabrics and textiles, appliances, windows and wood. And the odor will linger and linger, until it’s properly addressed as well.

Bad Advice: All you need is a broom, a mop, some rags, and some elbow grease. You’re good to go!

No. Again. An understanding of fire and how it damages your home or business and your belongings is key to successful cleanup and restoration. All fires are different and as a result, all fire damage is different. You need to know what kind of fire before you can know what kind of cleanup.

Bad Advice: You don’t need a professional, just watch a YouTube fire damage DIY video.

Fire damage restoration is so much bigger than most people realize. Fire is so destructive, even a small fire can have lasting effects and do massive amounts of damage. If you’re not a trained professional you can’t be expected to understand the intricacies of cleaning up after a fire. To do it right you need the right knowledge and certification, the right experience, and the right tools.

The best advice you can give or get when it comes to fire damage is to hire a reliable professional to manage the cleanup for you, so it gets done effectively, completely, and correctly.

Contact Can-Restore for help with fire and flood restoration by calling (770) 400-9018.