Even after the flames of a fire have been extinguished, you can still be exposed to danger from 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. This is why attempting fire damage cleanup in your Middlebury home on your own is a bad idea. 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:
Infants, elderly, chronically ill, and immune-compromised individuals are at an even greater risk of increased health symptoms when exposed to these harmful contaminants. 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 completely get the damage cleaned up.
Without the proper training, experience, equipment, and expertise, fire damage cleanup can take a lot of time. Because fire damage is complex and restoration can be extensive, you should rely on skilled fire damage cleanup professionals who can safely and efficiently work to mitigate damage and restore your home quickly. 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 clean up 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 clean up after a fire.
The worst dangers following a fire are 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 home 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 for 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 cleanup to the professionals. At GW Savage, our technicians are trained and experienced in safe and thorough fire damage restoration, and will devote all their time and energy into your project until it is complete. The best thing you can do for yourself and your home following a fire is call GW Savage.