Almost half of all home fires start in the kitchen. This makes sense, as if you cook with a gas range, you light fires in your kitchen regularly, and they can easily get out of control if you aren't careful. If your kitchen is a little smokier than you would like, then a fire damage restoration service will be helpful in returning the room to functionality. Understanding how the process works will make it easier to work through the contract with the restoration service.
Prevent Further Damage
The most important first step is to make sure that the damage doesn't get compounded by letting the mess sit. If the roof is damaged, it could begin to leak, and any water used to put out the fire will cause damage if allowed to pool and soak in. Getting the restoration team in as soon as possible is important in ensuring that you won't be paying more for a new kitchen than you would otherwise. Any rooms above or below your kitchen may have some damage as well, and the last thing you need is to have to these rooms require a full restoration. These companies are used to being called in on short notice, so don't worry about emergency service fees.
Remove Damaged Materials
Once the risk of further damage has been mitigated, it's time to start clearing out the damaged appliances, flooring and walls. How much needs to be removed will depend on the extent of the fire and how long you waited to start the restoration. One of the advantages of working with an experienced restoration service is that they will maximize what can be saved. While your insurance company will be paying part of the bill, it doesn't mean you want to spend more than you have to.
Restore the Space
The final step is to repair and replace the damaged items. That may extend outside of the kitchen in order to remove soot and smoke smells from the rest of the house. From here you have a choice. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may just be the perfect time to remodel your kitchen. At the very least, you should consider upgrading old appliances with newer, more energy-efficient models.
Recovering from a fire is tough, and temporarily losing the use of your kitchen can be a stressful situation. Fortunately, by working with a good restoration service, your kitchen can come through the ordeal better than ever. Understanding the process will help guide you as you try to decide what to do next.