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Tuesday 12 February 2019

Restore It or Throw It Away? Here’s How You Can Tell

Posted by at 3:00 PM

After a disaster like a fire or a flood, you'll want to start thinking about restoring your house. But which items are worth salvaging and which should be thrown away? When it comes to fire restoration service and water damage restoration service, you can save more than you think. Take a look at some of these guidelines.

Fire and Smoke Stains

In the wake of a fire, you may look at your house and feel like nothing is salvageable. But a fire restoration service can repair your walls, your floors, and even your cabinets. Sometimes fire and smoke will leave behind massive stains that make cabinets and floors look beyond repair. But a good restoration company can come in to clean the stains and make your home look as good as new. That being said, fire can eat through wood and spread to electronics that cannot be salvaged. In these cases, you're better off replacing your phone or pantry cabinet so that no harsh chemicals from the fire remain in your house.

Flood and Water Damage

Standing water can lead to mold, which is not healthy to live with. However, mold can be removed with the right cleaning solutions. Water damage restoration service is all about removing the water, drying out what is salvageable, and then cleaning what is left behind. Things you may not expect can be cleaned including couches, carpets, rugs, and other soft goods.

However, it's best to leave the cleanup to the professional. A restoration company can clean these things safely without spreading mold or damaging any of your belongings. While mold can be removed, it's important to inspect everything that has been infested with mold to check for items that are beyond repair. If mold has infested too much of the item, you are often better off throwing it away. Also, if you have electronics, papers, and other things that should not get wet, they should be discarded as well.

Keep track of everything that is repaired and everything that needs to be replaced. Your insurance company may be able to cover some or all of your losses. A restoration company will work with your insurance company and you to restore your home as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If your home was damaged in a flood or fire, call ANR Restoration today for fire restoration service and water damage restoration service. You don't have to try and restore your home alone.