Soot and smoke inhalation can lead to a myriad of health complications like asthma, heart disease, and cancer. Since smoke damage can be so harmful to our health, anyone who enters a smoke and fire damaged home must wear proper protective gear.
1. Removing Smoke Damaged Contents
The first step to restoring smoke damage is clearing all of the smoke-damaged contents from the home. You should wear a mask and gloves when doing this to avoid inhaling dangerous smoke particles. When cleaning and restoring a home, there will be a moment when you are unsure of whether or not to keep something. A good rule of thumb is that if that item is burned, it should be disposed of. Unfortunately, this will likely mean your walls and ceilings are also going to need to be replaced, as well as cabinetry and furniture. It is a good idea to check with your local municipality for the laws of how to dispose of large items. Not all items will need to be thrown away; many things are salvageable and will only need to be cleaned professionally.
2. Cleaning the Air
The next step is to remove the smoke-filled air from the home. After you have removed everything that is smoke damaged you will need to bring in large air movers to remove the smoke-filled air and to circulate fresh new air throughout the home. Air scrubbers will help filter the air from contaminants and dehumidifiers will help remove the moisture from the space.
3. Restoring the Home
The third and final step is the most exciting, rebuilding the space! This step will be a lot easier if you make sure to thoroughly document the extent of the damage. Details and photographs are good tools make sure you are properly reimbursed for the loss by the insurance company.