Fire restoration isn’t just about cleaning up a mess. When soot and debris get everywhere, you need the touch of professionals who know what they are doing or this project could go on for years and cost more money than an initial damage assessment. If you care about your home and you want it done right, people who know what they are doing need to take a proper evaluation and do the cleanup according to standards.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides training and evaluation for all aspects of fire restoration as well as other damage control. They published a report on their site that outlines several very valid reasons why it’s always best to get a professional to do a job that you initially think that you can save some money on and do for yourself.
Ash and Smoke can keep causing damage if left behind. When you think you have cleaned it all, only a professional can detect if it is effectively gone. So, you may think the job is done when you have cleaned all the ash and smoke. But, you’ll continue to have issues with your home later in years that can cost a lot of money. A professional will keep that from happening.
Being extremely thorough is the name of the game. Professionals know where to look and they know how to look. You might clean the surface. But, they know how to dig deep to make sure your home is completely clean of any and all materials that may cause further damage in the future.
Leave it to the professionals. They really are your friend when you think about it. If you pay for a professional now, your problems are over. But if you try to do the work yourself, your problems will linger and you’ll keep paying for issues you initially ignored. Listen to the IICRC when they tell you that it’s best to get the professionals on the job.