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DIY Risks Of Fire Damage Restoration

fire damage restoration middleton, fire damage cleanup middletonWhen your home in Middleton suffers from fire damage, you may feel the urge to begin cleaning up what is left of your property. While cleanup does need to begin quickly to mitigate further damage, we at Certi-Dry know it is important to keep in mind the risks associated with fire damage restoration

Dangers of DIY Fire Damage Restoration

Even after the fire has been extinguished, you can still be exposed to smoke and soot. Direct contact and inhalation of byproducts from a fire are dangerous to your health. Microscopic airborne soot particles contaminate the air without you even being aware that they are there. When you attempt to wipe down surfaces covered with soot residue, you disrupt those particles, sending them into the air and making it unsafe to breathe. Contact with your skin can also be dangerous. Some common symptoms of smoke and soot exposure are:

  • Irritation to eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Rashes on skin
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Infants, elderly, chronically ill, and immune-compromised individuals are at an even greater risk of increased health symptoms. Exposure to smoke and soot will only cause more severe adverse health reactions the longer restoration is prolonged. So with any DIY job, it will not only expose you and your family to harmful toxins, but will also take much longer to complete restoration.

Contact the professionals

Without the proper training, experience, equipment, and expertise, fire damage restoration can take a lot of time. Because fire damage is complex and can be extensive, you should rely on skilled fire damage professionals who can actively work to mitigate damage and restore your home quickly and safely. Trying to round up the right equipment and supplies to adequately tackle fire damage repair can be difficult. Then you have to take into consideration the actual labor. Working on your own, or even with the help of a friend, can take a lot of time. Time is so important in mitigating further damage, so the longer it takes to cleanup after a fire, the more damage your property will sustain. You risk increasing the damage to your home, your belongings, and even to yourself the longer it takes you to clan up after a fire. 

The worst damage following a fire is not always apparent. Any space that has suffered a fire is inherently dangerous. Unstable building materials, and compromised structural integrity put you and anyone else in the vicinity at major risk. Falling materials and collapse are very common following a fire, and to the untrained eye these potential hazards may be missed. It is hazardous to work in a fire damaged home, especially to someone without the experience, training, and protective equipment necessary to avoid major dangers. 

With so many potential hazards, risks, and dangers, it is so important to leave fire damage restoration to the professionals. Because so many people struggle to know what to do, how to respond, and who to call following a fire, Certi-Dry is here for you. We understand what you are going through, and have the experience, expertise, equipment, and training necessary to properly and safely restore your home.