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Getting Rid of Smoke Damage

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After enduring a fire in your home or business, the last thing you need is a reminder of the tragedy. Although removing the smell of smoke damage is challenging, it’s possible. Below we look at the most effective steps for bringing fresher scents back into your space.

How To Get Rid of the Smell of Smoke Damage

After a fire, the lingering smell is often the most difficult part of the experience to deal with, because smoke particles seep into any porous surface. Smoke particles are smaller than microscopic bacteria when a fire burns wood, which allows the smell to enter almost any surface.

Call a Professional for Removing Dangerous Soot

If soot remains in the space, please contact a professional for cleanup. Soot contains residue from plastics, chemicals, and other harmful materials that can be very dangerous to expose yourself to or handle. Make sure to wear head-to-toe protective gear, including a respirator and gloves, if you choose to clean soot yourself.

Air It Out

Open up all windows and doors to allow fresh air to move into every room. Encourage airflow by placing fans throughout the area. Do not use your central air or furnace during the cleanup, as this may circulate harmful soot.

Clean or Replace All Fabric

Fabric items will retain the smell of smoke more than anything else. Wash anything that will fit in the washer, including clothing, rugs, pillows, curtains, and blankets. Have your furniture professionally cleaned. Sometimes leaving baking soda on carpet overnight will draw the smell out of it. For excessive smoke, you may need to replace the carpet.

Scrub Hard Surfaces

Use products like rubbing alcohol, vinegar, wood cleaner, and commercial degreaser to scrub all hard surfaces. Doors, countertops, cabinets, windows and windowsills, light fixtures, and all other hard surfaces are susceptible to smoke smells after a fire.

Need Help? Call a Professional

Smoke damage is a difficult task that many people don’t have time for in the aftermath of a tragic event. Let our quick and efficient professional crew remove the evidence of smoke for you. We provide 24-hour emergency service for all your cleanup needs. Contact us today at RainFire Restoration in Midvale, UT, to remove smoke odor from your home or business.

Water Remediation: 4 Steps to Get Your Home Back to Normal

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Standing water can result from both a natural event and other reasons, such as a pipe burst. It can be devastating to your morale and your home. It requires immediate action to contain the water damage. At RainFire Restoration in Sandy, UT, we have a professional team available around the clock to take care of water remediation needs.

You may need water restoration services if you have standing water because of an event such as a storm, pipe burst, or backed up sewer lines. Standing water can affect your air quality and cause mold growth. It is important to begin the restoration process immediately. Here are the steps to get your home back to normal:

 

1. Call a Professional Water Damage Restoration Company Immediately

The restoration process begins with a walk through to access the damage in the affected area. The damage restoration team is trained to look for damage in unsuspecting areas.

2. Begin Water Remediation By Removing Standing Water

Removing standing water is the most critical part of the process. It is a race against time to remove the water. The longer you have standing water, the more damage it is doing to your home.

3. Dry the Affected Area

The next step is to make sure the area is clean and dry. The team will use industrial-sized humidifiers and fans to dry the area to minimize mold growth and to prepare the area for restoration.

4. Begin the Restoration Process

The restoration process will not begin until after water remediation. During this final step, damaged flooring, sheetrock, and any other damaged building material are removed. Once completed, the team will begin the restoration process so that your home is back to its original state.

If you have standing water in your home, don’t let it go untreated. At RainFire Restoration, in Sandy, UT, we offer services you need to take care of and recover from a flood. Call us today at (385) 336-7246.

Fire Damage Hazards: 3 Reasons to Call the Experts

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If your house has been damaged by a fire, you are likely facing a growing list of things you need to do, all while wondering about the fate of your home. When it comes time to start cleaning up, it is important to address all the issues that come with fire damage. Before you start scrubbing, consider these three reasons to bring in expert help.  

Fire Damage Hazards: 3 Reasons to Call the Experts

 

1. Damage Can Be Hidden

Even if the fire damage appears to be minor and superficial, you still want a professional restoration expert to assess the situation. This way, you can be assured that there are no structural concerns hidden from sight.

2. Smoke Can Linger If Not Treated Correctly

One of the most difficult odors to remove completely, smoke is absorbed by porous surfaces and lingers in insulation, fabrics, carpeting, and walls. Unlike surface treatments that temporarily mask the smell of smoke, professional smoke remediation services extract the odors, so they don’t come back.

3. Water Can Lead to Mold

A lot of fire damage is actually from the water used to put out the flames. Drywall, framing, and furniture may be soaked in the process. When water is left to sit, it can cause mold to grow and spread, possibly even into spaces inside walls and throughout insulation. Water damage resulting from firefighting activities must be addressed right away. The quicker it is cleaned up, and the area is allowed to dry, the less likely you are to have problems down the road. Problems like mold growing inside the walls and furniture that can be avoided by taking action early.

Leave Fire Damage Cleanup to the Professionals

If your Utah home has been damaged by fire, leave the cleanup and repair to restoration professionals. Contact the knowledgeable and experienced folks at RainFire Restoration to learn how we can help.

A Few FAQs about Homeowners Insurance

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We recommend having a homeowner’s insurance policy to help you with any expenses if disaster strikes, that way you are not paying for your disaster cleanup alone and out of pocket.

What is a homeowner’s insurance policy?

When a home is damaged by an accident or a natural disaster, it is usually very expensive to repair. Homeowners Insurance protects you from paying those costs from out of your own pocket. Your “premium,” a.k.a. your annual, bi-annual, or monthly payment (the payment frequency is dependent on your policy), is the fee your insurance company charges you, and in return, the insurance company agrees to pay a much larger sum when your home suffers damage to cover your expenses. 

What does homeowners insurance cover?

Homeowners insurance includes coverage for six main categories:

  • Your Dwelling (the framework of your house),
  • Other structures like garages, fences, or guest houses,
  • Personal property that is within your home,
  • Liability costs 
  • Medical bills if someone is injured on your property,
  • And the loss of use coverage to help cover living expenses while your home is being fixed.

How exactly does homeowners insurance work?

Homeowners insurance pays out on damages caused by something specifically covered under your policy. Within each of the six categories listed above are certain coverages and exclusions; for example, “water damage” is generally covered under dwelling insurance if it’s caused by a burst pipe, but not if it’s caused by flooding. 

What does homeowners insurance not cover?

The two big areas not covered by homeowners’ insurance are flooding and earth movement (which includes earthquakes, landslides, mudflows, and so on). A few private companies sell insurance for these perils, but most homeowners end up getting coverage through federal insurance programs. Other perils not covered by standard home insurance include things like damage from regular wear and tear, fungi or mold, pests, sewer backup, power failure, and “ordinance or law” requiring renovations to meet new codes. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Exclusions vary by company and by policy type.

How expensive is Homeowners Insurance?

There are two ways to calculate homeowners’ insurance limits. Your home can either be insured for its actual cash value (ACV), meaning the market value with depreciation subtracted or replacement cost, meaning the amount that it would actually cost to rebuild your home if it were leveled by a catastrophe. 

Ensure your home for its replacement cost. That way, if a covered disaster strikes, your insurance company will pay for repairs or replacement in full.

When We Come In

 In 2017, six percent of insured homes across the U.S. filed a claim with their insurance company. Property Damage accounted for 98.1 percent of those claims. Breaking down that number (98.1%) further, 35.1% of those property damage incidents were by Fire and Lightening, and 19.5% were by Water damage and freezing (source https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-homeowners-and-renters-insurance

Disaster is always lurking around the corner waiting to strike. We specialize in property restoration.

If disaster strikes your home, (and never believe you’re the exception) and you find that you have water damage or fire damage, call us. We will help you remove mold, carpet cleaning, or restore your property.