Fire Damage 101

Fire damage can lead to stress and significant expenses for affected homeowners, but knowing the steps to take after a fire will make the process easier. Read on to learn more information about how to prevent a house fire Rockford homeowners can trust.

How Fire Damage Happens

Fire damage occurs when property is either burnt or damaged by smoke during a house fire. The extent of damage can range from minor to severe, leaving damaged property unsalvageable. Even if an item has not been touched by actual flames, smoke and soot can render it unusable. It is incredibly difficult to get set-in smoke odors out of fabric and many other items, so addressing fire damage as soon as possible is the key to successful restoration.

Surprising Causes of Damage

In many cases, fires in the home start because of a faulty electrical appliance or a small, contained fire that is left unattended, such as a lit candle. Candle flames can easily surge without warning, catching nearby curtains, fabric and furniture on fire. The best way to prevent fire damage is to avoid leaving candles and electrical appliances unattended and to always maintain your smoke detectors for early detection of a fire.

Recovering from Fire Damage

House fires can lead to extensive structural damage in the home, but most of this type of damage should be covered by your homeowners' insurance plan. Many homeowners worry most about the items that can't be replaced, such as family heirlooms and photographs. The good news is that there are fire restoration services available that can help you restore and reclaim your most valued possessions. Leaders in Disaster Restoration offers extensive fire damage restoration services. Scheduling an inspection as soon as possible after you have contacted your insurance company is important. Many restoration services are covered by insurance, and LDR technicians are equipped and trained to handle even the most extensive types of smoke and fire damage. The first step to restoring your property is to assess the extent of the damage. Set-in smoke odor is more difficult to deal with than property that has recently been exposed to smoke. Even fire-damaged photographs, clothing and furniture may be salvaged with the right techniques and products. A professional restoration service has access to products and expertise that most homeowners do not possess, meaning that even if you are unable to salvage an item, hope is not lost. Call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 to schedule your consultation. LDR has been serving homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1991, and all staff are thoroughly trained and certified to deal with complex restorations. Getting an expert opinion will help you save money by salvaging property you might otherwise have to throw away and replace, and it will also give you the peace of mind you need after a fire.
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