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What Happens After a House Fire?

fire damage marylandWhen we watch stories on the news, we often see the flames coming from a home or business, and firefighters hard at work. Sometimes, we will see a follow-up story talking about the victims of the fire. However, it’s rare to see more about these fires after the fire crews are gone and the victims are left to pick up the pieces.

This is where restoration companies, like Regional Property Group, step into physically put lives back together. The truth is, many people don’t even know what restoration companies are until they need our services. But we hope that we can be of some comfort in the midst of a disaster, and promise to work closely with you to rebuild or restore your property to the way it was before the fire.

Different Types of Fires

There are different kinds of fires, and the type greatly impacts the amount of damage done to a property. While we won’t bore you with the details, a fire called a “protein fire” can leave extensive smoke residue throughout your home. Plus, the more water used to put out the fire, the more likely it is that all the surfaces that got wet or damp absorbed the odor as well. Smoke stains can set it within hours. The longer a property sits untouched after a fire, the more damage there will be to restore later.

Again, smoke damage can seep into everything. That is why restoration crews will thoroughly clean things like framing, drywall, tile counters, and wood floors. Floor coverings like carpet and linoleum may need to be replaced – again, that is depending on the damage.

Restoring the Structure

The goal of any reputable restoration company is to return a fire-damaged property to its pre-loss condition. This means no evidence of a fire, and no smell. When there is a fire, the smoke seeps into every porous surface from carpet and bedding to wall cavities and even woodwork like cabinets.

The good news is – many of your possessions damaged by fire may be cleanable – and it is possible to completely get the smoke odor out of the home, no matter the extent of the fire.

Counteracting the Odor

Professional restoration companies have special chemicals and solutions they can use to counteract a strong smoke odor. Plus, there are unique innovations in restoration that can also help. Ozone or hydroxyl machines have the ability to truly get rid of the odors in the home.

In addition, technicians know what materials will need to be fully replaced and what can be restored.

Don’t Wait to Call

The sooner the restoration process begins, the better. We have helped countless families in Calvert County pick up the pieces after a fire – and most of them never thought a fire would happen to them. And that is a totally normal feeling! That is where we step in to help. We know how to fix the damage, and strive to make our customers happy they met us in the end.

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