Smoke can quickly spread through your entire home, even if the fire is localized. Research indicates that this smoke can enter into your ceiling, light fixtures, windows, and even the cabinets holding your dinner dishes within just a few seconds. More so, that soot build-up and will coat just about any surface.
When just a few minutes expire, the smoke has penetrated your property’s electrical system, appliances, wall cavities, and the HVAC system. It gets into the floors and can be absorbed into any type of soft goods such as your home’s carpeting, furniture, and your clothing.
Because of the extensiveness of smoke damage, it’s critical to have professional fire restoration even in these small events. It’s always best to have this properly removed.
Don’t start cleaning up the fire or damage until you speak to a professional. Even doing some of the work yourself is going to limit your success and add to your costs. It’s important for a professional to retest residues and use appropriate cleaning methods and products to achieve a truly clean surface. It’s also necessary to use professional-grade deodorizing agents and cleaning solutions at the right ratios to ensure the best results.
We also use high-grade equipment that’s designed to remove smoke, sooth, and damage from your furnishings. While you may be tempted to “clean up” on your own after a fire, it’s rarely a good step to take for your own long-term benefit.
This question is best left to an individual consultation since there are various factors to consider. The amount of damage and the expansiveness of the cleanup effort are the most important factors. Your home insurance company should pay for your accommodations during a covered fire cleanup. If it is covered, take your family to stay there and enjoy the cleanliness while the pros get to work.
If your kitchen or the main living area is impacted by the fire, it’s best not to stay in the home. If it is just the third floor and a minor event, it should be okay to remain there as long as you can avoid those areas and it is structurally sound.
Remember, it’s not easy living in a home that’s been professionally restored. There are chemical applications being used to treat surfaces. You’ll have numerous people in and out. There’s likely to be noisy equipment running, too. It may not be worthwhile to remain in your home.