When a homeowner makes a claim following the house fire, an insurance adjuster will usually cut a check made out directly to that individual. Doing things this way gives the homeowner the opportunity to use the claim money to pay a restoration service or pocket the money and attempt a restoration on his own. The question is, should a restoration company always be used or is there room for DIY restoration?
While there’s no easy answer to that question, it’s safe to say that you should not attempt to do it yourself unless you are competent in the basic principles of home construction and engineering. Just as an example, here are three things you would have to deal with:
1. Structural Damage – After any house fire of any size the homeowner must consider the possibility of structural damage. Did the fire department create venting holes during their firefighting? If so, the roof needs to be repaired. Did the water cause structural weakening of floor and ceiling joists; has the foundation been compromised? If so they will need reinforcement or replacement.
2. Mold Potential – The potential for mold growth is a serious threat after any house fire; it cause long-term health issues if it’s left unchecked. That means you’ll have to consider mold issues in your carpets and furniture as well as diligently checking for mold behind wallpaper, baseboards, door and window frames, appliances, and so on.
3. Smoke Damage – Long after the flames have been put out and the insurance adjuster has gone, you’ll be able to smell the putrid smoke odors left in the wake of the blaze. Deodorizing and sanitizing a house is one of the most difficult parts of a fire restoration. If you feel comfortable in your ability to handle smoke damage you can purchase the necessary chemicals and rent the equipment you’ll need at your local DIY store. But keep in mind you can spend a lot of money and a lot of time and still not be rid of the smoke.
These are just three things to take into consideration when trying to decide whether or not to use a professional restoration service after a house fire. As long as your insurance company is paying for it, we would recommend you let the professionals do the work.
This article was supplied through the Virginia Restoration Pros, who provide professional cleanup and repair services to the entire virginia market for storms, fire, water, flood damage disasters.