After a fire or a disaster, whether it’s a flood or an electrical short circuit, it’s important to secure the premises and take protective measures to minimize the consequences of the incident. The insured must also contact their insurance company to report the disaster and learn the procedure for being properly compensated as soon as possible. Then, the house or business premises must be put back into working order as quickly as possible. But it’s not enough just to remove the waste and do a standard cleanup to make everything go back to normal. A post-disaster or fire damage restoration is a complex operation that often requires the aid of a specialist.
1. Use the Right Technique, Equipment and Products
Cleaning the premises after a disaster is a job for a specialist and doesn’t just happen. Indeed, not everybody knows, for example, that a wall covered in soot can’t simply be cleaned with a wet sponge, and that, on the contrary, this operation will only make the soot penetrate the wall irreversibly.
Specialists are outfitted with professional equipment and receive regular training: They know how to proceed and which fungicides and bactericides to use based on what they need to disinfect. They have special equipment that lets them access everywhere, even the ventilation ducts.
2. Carry Out All the Cleaning Operations
A fire leaves traces of soot behind on concrete, metal, bricks, and wood. More than just a simple cleaning, the professionals carry out several operations to restore the contaminated areas:
- A decontamination and disinfection
- Cleaning with soot stripping
- You can use the sanding technique, but this has the disadvantage of having to deal with the secondary waste.
- The use of specific brushes or detergents is an effective but long and tedious process.
- Cryogenic cleaning: Professionals spray dry ice particles. This technique can be used five times faster after the incident and requires about ten times less time than traditional methods.
- The encapsulation method involves covering the surfaces with a specific coating.
- A corrosion treatment on metals
- A specific operation to eliminate the odours. There are two methods for removing odours: cryogenics and the nebulizer.
- A restoration of the wall coverings, openings, and facades
3. Decontaminate and Disinfect the Premises
After a fire or a disaster, it’s necessary to decontaminate and disinfect the premises. This operation involves eliminating bacteria, germs, fungi, and viruses. The goal is to sanitize the premises in order to ensure a healthy environment for the inhabitants of the house or for the workers and customers if they are business premises. By decontaminating the site, you stop the transmission of microbes and viruses, you limit the multiplication of germs, and you prevent the spread of epidemics. An effective disinfection should be applied to all surfaces that come into contact with hands (telephones, door handles, etc.), fabrics (carpets, curtains), and ventilation ducts.
Even though calling in a specialist to perform a post-disaster or fire cleanup costs more than doing it yourself, it’s the most sensible solution. It’s a real guarantee of quality, and it lets you recover a clean and healthy home or business premises as soon as possible.