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It doesn’t take long for a fire to start. A small electrical spark, an overzealous chimney fire, a small grease fire on the kitchen stove, a melting candle sitting too close to the drapes. These little incidents can ignite a house fire in the blink of an eye. At Stretch Cleaning & Restoration in Long Beach Island, we want our customer to have as much information regarding fire damage disasters as possible.
Fire Damage Disasters: What Fire Damage Will Do Over Time
The soot and acid residue from a fire damage disaster will cause materials like plastic, small appliances, and highly porous materials (including marble and alabaster) to discolor within minutes. The discoloration could be temporary or permanent. The longer the soot and acid residue remain the higher the chance of permanent damage.
The grout in bathrooms will start to change color or stain from acid residues. The fiberglass bath fixtures can also turn a yellow color, along with the finish on appliances, refrigerators, and upholstered furniture. All of this happens within hours of the acid residue sitting. Calling in a professional fire and smoke cleanup company as soon as possible to safely remove soot and acid residue will go along way in preventing permanent damage.
Fire Damage Disasters: Calling the Professionals
Fire cleanup and repair often involves cleanup and removal of the water left behind from the firefighting efforts. The water left behind can cause just as much damage as the initial fire if not taken care of as soon as possible.
Unless you are a certified and trained professional you should contact a professional to clean up and repair any fire damage. Not only can the cleanup process entail more than expected, it can also be extremely dangerous if you don’t follow regulations, have the proper equipment, or know how to navigate the hazardous material left behind.
Professionals also have the advantage of restoring belonging you thought may have been permanently destroyed. In many cases, items that appear to be irreparable can be fully restored by a professional. This can include furniture, appliances, flooring, clothing, etc.
Fire Damage Disasters: What You Can Do
Fire Damage Disasters: What You Shouldn’t Do
Always be sure to contact fire restoration professionals that can safely restore your damaged property.