When a building suffers fire damage, people think restoration is a good option since few understand what’s entailed in restoring a damaged home or business. There are many myths about the restoration process, which can lead a person to waste significant time and resources choosing to replace parts of their home when they might just need an experienced restoration technician to make it as good as new.
Here are a few of the most common restoration myths that you might fall prey to:
You’re Ok When the Carpets Are Dry
After a fire, there’s often water damage from dousing the flames, even in relatively small fires. In cases where fire damage is relatively minor, it’s easy to think that drying out your home is the best way to handle the restoration on your own. However, this belief is founded on the mistaken idea that you’ll be able to see where all the damage lies.
Water soaks into exposed elements of the building, and it often dries at a much slower rate than carpets or other belongings that make up the home or business. Consequently, you’re not out of the woods until things like concrete, drywall, and other building materials are completely dry. The only way to expedite these would be to have a restoration technician assist in the cleanup.
Restoration Can Wait
Apart from believing that you can handle water damage on your own, there’s also a myth that you have all the time in the world to call up restorers because the damage is already done.
In some cases, suffering a fire will change your home; there will be a lingering smell of smoke, and water damage might have warped a few cosmetic parts of the building. However, these are the least of your worries regarding restoration because it’s the damage you don’t notice that is the most insidious.
Soot often has acidic components that will eat away at whatever part of your home or business it resides in the longer it’s allowed to sit. The sooner you remove it, though, the less damage is likely to occur.
Likewise, water damage can lead to various issues.
It’s Better to Just Replace Things
One of the most prevalent myths about restoration is that it’s somehow better to get rid of everything impacted by the fire and simply replace it. However, whether or not it makes sense to replace a part of your home or business depends on what value you place on the things that were impacted.
Flatpack furniture and other cheap staples might be worth replacing, but is there really a way to replace an heirloom bedroom set or your business’s information centers?
For more about the typical fire and water damage restoration myths Reading residents need to know the truth about, call ServiceMaster Restore today!