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Fire and flood restoration in Northumberland
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Fires and floods can cause catastrophic damage to your home. In fact, even small fires and floods can have a huge effect on the condition of your property.
If you’ve been affected by fire or flood damage, hiring a restoration company may be the best way of bringing your home back to its former glory.
What is fire damage restoration?
While you can take measures to protect your home and belongings from fire damage, sometimes this isn’t possible. Luckily, even following large fires, it may be possible to salvage your home and transform it into a comfortable, secure structure again.
Fire damage restoration is the process of repairing, rebuilding and decorating your home so it’s once again stable, safe and beautiful.
What is water damage restoration?
As with fire damage, water damage can't always be prevented. This is particularly true if you live near a river or other water source. It's shocking just how big of an impact water damage can have on a property, causing mould and structural instability.
Water damage restoration involves getting rid of water, moisture, and damp in your home then repairing the damage.
Advantages of using a home restoration service
It's no secret that fire and flood restoration can be time consuming and difficult, especially for DIY beginners. We don’t recommend you tackle the damage to your home yourself, there could be real safety risks.
Thankfully, you have the option of using a home restoration service to do the work for you.
There are many benefits to using a professional restoration company, including:
Keeping your family safe: After a fire or flood, your home may be unsafe to live in. A restoration professional in Northumberland will remove smoke, excess water, and debris from your property. This helps to prevent allergic reactions and respiratory damage.
Effective cleanup: Restoring your home after a fire or flood can take a long time if you plan to do the work yourself. Restoration companies have the right equipment and skill to clean and dry your home in a fraction of the time.
Working quickly: During the first 24 hours after a flood, it’s important to remove as much water as possible. Home restoration services aim to clean up the water and dry out the space before further damage occurs.
Saving money: If you choose to do the work yourself, you’ll have to pay for not only cleaning supplies but expensive specialist equipment in order to do an effective job. You can save money by hiring a restoration service to do the work for you.
Insurance claims: Professional restoration businesses have experience dealing with insurance companies. They’ll be able to provide evidence and guidance to help with your claim.
While you may be able to make repairs to your home yourself after a small localised fire, large amounts of fire damage need to be dealt with professionally.
Generally, restoration tradespeople will follow the below six steps:
Checking and assessing the damage: Once your local authority gives permission to re-enter the property, fire restoration companies will assess the level of damage. They can decide the level of restoration needed to ensure the building is safe for occupants.
Securing the site: Restoration companies will need to secure the property to ensure further damage doesn't happen. This may involve repairing holes in the roof, covering openings and fencing off the building.
Removing debris: After a big fire there will be a lot of fire damaged debris that needs to be removed before restoration can begin.
Tackling excess water: When putting out the house fire, the fire department will need to use water to quench the flames. This often leaves excess water in the home. A fire damage restoration service will need to remove this water and dry out the building before continuing.
Cleaning up the space: Before restoration starts, the areas of your home damaged by fire will need to be cleaned. It’s important to remove all traces of smoke and soot from the property.
Restoration: Finally, your restoration company can get started on restoring your home. This may involve making structural repairs, rebuilding the walls or roof and replacing damaged electrics.
If your home has been flooded or damaged by a leaky pipe, it’s essential that the moisture is removed as soon as possible. Otherwise it can do further damage, leading to damp and mould.
Large scale water damage restoration should be left to professionals to reduce the impact on your home.
Your water restoration company will:
Collect evidence: First things first, it’s vital that you have evidence of the water damage to your home for your insurance claim.
Assess the damage: A professional restoration service will want to look at the water damage in your home and assess the severity of the issue before continuing.
Make the space safe: Dealing with electrical issues is vital to prevent injury or further damage.
Clear out damaged materials: If water damage is severe, all the carpets, appliances, furniture, flooring and bedding in your home should be either thoroughly cleaned or replaced.
Remove water: As we mentioned before, removing as much water as possible should be done straight away. This may be done using fans, diffusers or water pumps.
Restoring the property: Once all the moisture has been removed from the home, repairs and restoration can begin.
Restoring your home after a fire or flood is not an overnight job.
The process will take time and if your home is unsafe to live in you’ll need to find alternative accommodation. It can take several weeks to properly repair damage after a flood and it could take months to restore a home following a large fire.
This really comes down to the scale of the fire and the damage it caused. For severely damaged homes, fire damage is quite expensive to repair. The actual price you pay will depend on a few factors including:
The severity of the fire damage
The size of the room that needs to be repaired
The type of damage, for example, soot, smoke, fire or water damage
Ease of access
How many rooms need to be restored
Hopefully you can cover fire damage restoration costs with your home insurance, otherwise the average price for restoration is £35,681.
If you’d like to further explore this area, why not try our fire damage restoration cost guide?
Flooding can cause a lot of damage in very little time that can be time consuming to repair. This means the labour cost of water damage restoration will have a large impact on the total price you pay.
What’s more, the water damage repair cost for your UK home will vary depending on a few key factors. These may include:
The amount of water that needs to be removed
The size of your home and the damaged areas
The type of water, for example, clean, grey or black
The severity of the water damage
Ease of access
The cause of the damage
Before restoration can begin, as much water as possible should be removed from the property. This will cost an average of £2,633.50 for a UK home. It may then be necessary to repair everything from the floors to the roof in your home. As a rough guide, the cost of ceiling water damage repair is £1,550.
For more information, advice and tips, check out our water removal cost guide and our ceiling water damage repair cost guide.
Fire and flood restoration is essential to bring your home back up to code and make it safe to live in. The most effective way to accomplish this is by hiring a professional restoration services company.
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