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What do water & fire damage specialists do?

Hopefully, you will never need to call a water & fire damage specialist. When you need their services, it's usually because something very dangerous and damaging has happened in your home. But in the event that you do, know that these specialists work to restore your home to the comfort level and beauty you knew before water or fire damaged it. They work within a professional and experienced process to ensure that damage from floods or fires is not lasting and your home is safe and clean once more.

This can be a complex and involved process, as damage from such events is nuanced and cascading. For example, fire itself may not damage something but soot build up and smoke can. Likewise water may not have damaged any structures but left behind a home for mold to fester and erode at materials while also spreading allergens in the air. This is why you call a professional for such news.

Part of your water & fire damage specialist's job is to inspect the area and determine the scope of an issue. If you've been hit with a flood, this often means hunting down areas of moisture where mold might be able to flourish. Part of the water remediation process may be tackling a potential or already existing mold issue after the water is removed and the extent of the damage is known. Talk with your specialist about the extent of work covered in their services and if they can offer referrals to other specialists for compounding issues they don't cover. While some may offer mold services, not all do as a rule.

It's not a quick process. Fire and water are among the most damaging forces in nature and they can do a number on man-made structures in ways most of us can't even see. Removal of soot or water can take days which will be followed by a period of inspection to locate and diagnose all points of damage and issue. If there is mold present, that often takes at least 7 days on its own to tackle. After this will be the process of removing damaged materials, such as floors or drywall, and replacing them with new ones. All in all a remediation process could take anywhere from days to weeks depending on the severity of the damage.