After a fire, there are many issues that will face a homeowner. You're going to have problems with smoke damage and the restoration of portions of your house that were affected by the fire. There may be issues with your roof and the exterior walls of your house. But the most immediate issue you will have relates to the water damage from the fire department. The amount of water used to put out a fire, even a small fire in your kitchen, can be large. For this reason, you need to call a professional company for water damage cleanup services. The following are a few reasons for this.
They have equipment you don't have
If you have a wet carpet, you simply will not be able to get the water up because you won't have a means to do so. A professional company will have wet-vacs that can suck up the water from carpets. You may end up throwing away the carpet, but after removing the water, it may still be in good shape. If there is water on tile, you may think you can mop it up, but if there are puddles, or the water has completely covered the tile, you will need a wet-vac.
They can prevent mold
A big issue with water is when it gets trapped behind walls. Without this moisture being removed, mold will often grow. Mold can make people sick and can affect everyone in the house. Professionals have large fans and heaters than will dry up all the unseen water and moisture behind your walls and under your floors.
They will respond quickly
This type of company understands the importance of speed when it comes to water damage cleanup after a fire. The longer the water is allowed to stand, the better the chances are that it will find its way behind the walls and under the floors. This can result in extensive water removal that includes knocking holes into the walls so that hot air can be applied directly to the affected areas. Obviously, a professional company is one that is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Water damage cleanup is often not done by appointment.
Safety is the important thing to remember after the fire is put out. The fire chief will let you know when you can go back inside your house, as well as when you can call for cleanup services. The moment you get the green light, you can search for a professional company to help out. You can ask your insurance company, but they may not be open during this emergency. However, most professional cleanup companies work with all major homeowners insurance companies.