How To Tell If You Have Fire Damage

Posted on: 30 December 2019

If your entire house burned down in a home fire, then it's going to be beyond obvious that you have fire damage. But, if you just had a small kitchen fire, you may not know whether or not you have enough fire damage to hire a fire damage restoration service or not. From a strong smell that you can't get rid of to soot everywhere, this article will go over a few strong signs that you need to hire a company to come to your house.

A Strong Smell You Can't Get Rid Of

Whether you burned your dinner or lit your house on fire, it's going to smell. As soon as it happens, it's going to be really bad, so try airing everything out for a few hours. If you have aired your house out for at least a couple of hours, but you still can't seem to get rid of the smell then it may be time to call a fire damage restoration service. These services will come to your house with huge, industrial-sized fans to air everything out for you so that you can quickly get rid of the nasty smell. 

You Have Soot On All of Your Walls and Painted Surfaces 

If you have a big fire, your entire house will be covered in soot (even if the fire was only contained to one room). Take a walk around your house and rub a finger on the walls. Does a residue come off of them? Does it seem like everything is covered in a thin layer of film? If so, then this is a sign that you have soot everywhere which can be almost impossible to get rid of on your own. As soot sits, it becomes sticky and hard to deal with but when you have professionals take care of it for you, they will get rid of all of it so that you don't have to worry about it. When they come to professionally clean it for you, they may even recommend that you have it painted again to get rid of even more damage.

If you do think that you need to hire some fire damage restoration services, then make sure that you file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible. Typically when you file a claim and pay your deductible, your insurance agency will then pay for services like these and more. To learn more, reach out to a fire damage restoration service today to see just how much their services will cost.