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Fire and Flood Damage Clean Up Suggestions

Feb 29, 2008
There are two incidents that happen most often to a house and those are fires and floods. Both can destroy a house or not leave much that may be salvaged. Even when there is a small fire or flood, the damage is difficult to repair and put a home back to normal.

When there has been much destruction to a home from these things, the first thing that should be done is to have the living space inspected. The condition of a living space that has been damaged by fire will be uncertain in areas and be seriously dangerous when the fire is extinguished. If a house is flooded for long, it needs to be checked for hazardous mold presence, damaged floor, and wall structures.

Once you have had an inspection and know the place is alright to go into, you begin clearing out everything. You will want to enter the house and remove anything that is alright. Any less affected belongings like rugs, draperies, and furniture can be removed for deodorizing because of a fire or to stop mold spreading from wetness.

After the objects are taken out that you will keep, it is time to get started disposing of anything that is destroyed. It might be that leasing a dumpster and having it brought to your house can be the easiest and best answer if there is much to be gotten rid of. If it is not that big of an amount, then a pick up truck or trailer could be large enough. After the destroyed things are taken out of the home, you will be able to actually determine the destruction to the floors, walls, and ceilings.

It may be necessary to remove even more flooring, sheet rock, and wall studs that was affected by flooding if the mold growth is large enough. Mold contamination from water damage must be completely removed because it can result in all forms of health related problems if it is not destroyed entirely and it will keep coming back. Something you do not want is to replace any woodwork and sheet rock and then have mold growing back behind it in the future. A professional cleaning might be the easiest solution when the damage from mold is extensive.

One of the most difficult dilemmas to deal with when a house has had a fire is the after smell. Your remaining carpets must be cleaned and deodorized. The walls, ceilings, and other floor surfaces will have to be washed thoroughly with a deodorizing cleaner too. If possible, get some clean air up in the attic and put open packages of baking soda in different spots to help in absorbing the odor and enact the same procedure in the basement. If these ideas still does not kill the odor, you might need to get a skilled cleaning business to do the job for better results.
About the Author
Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Charlotte
water damage restoration
and Chicago water damage restoration companies.
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