It is incredibly traumatic if a fire damages or destroys your property. Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or property manager, a small spark can escalate into a large blaze in a matter of seconds. Fires will devastate everything in its wake, ruining lives and livelihoods in the process.
Sadly, structure fires are not an uncommon occurrence. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2020, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.4 million fires in the United States, more than one-third of which occurred in or on structures. The total property damage was estimated at $21.9 billion, with a house fire reported every 89 seconds. Here in Montana, there were 121 wildfires between 2019 and 2020. An estimated 137,800 Montana properties are at high to extreme risk of damage from blazes.
Bring In Professional Fire Damage Restoration Team
Common causes of fires in homes and businesses include faulty or over-used appliances, heating systems, such as space heaters and wood stoves, cooking, smoking, electrical failure, candles, arson, and natural disasters such as wildfires.
If a blaze wreaks havoc on your Billings-area home or business, you must contact a professional fire restoration company even if you have your own cleaning or maintenance team. Attempting to remedy the damage on your own can cause greater destruction as well as health problems and possibly increase your business’s downtime.
There is more to fire restoration than simply repainting damaged drywall. Even when you can’t see extensive fire damage, blazes can release chemicals into a structure, compromising your health or that of your customers, employees, or tenants. Inhaling soot can cause serious respiratory problems.
Because firefighters use water to extinguish blazes, moisture damage is also a hazard. In addition to having the expertise to remediate destruction caused by flames, professional fire restoration contractors own and know how to use advanced technology tools that can get you back to business or back into your home as soon as possible.
Here are some of the essential tools and equipment that fire restoration experts use to remediate fire and moisture damage:
Fire damage sponges – These vulcanized natural rubber sponges are designed to clean surfaces damaged by soot, smoke, or fire. They’ll remove even the tiniest particles from walls, furniture, and other surfaces without using water.
Industrial dehumidifiers – Even after your fire restoration contractor cleans up the water, moisture can linger in the air, leading to condensation and eventually encouraging mold growth. Industrial dehumidifiers pull water from the air, decreasing the relative humidity, and moisture levels so the fungus doesn’t proliferate.
Truck mount carpet cleaners – If your carpet sustains damage but isn’t destroyed, a truck mount carpet cleaner is one of the most effective ways to remove water, soot, and smoke damage. These powerful machines use suction and diesel or gas power to extract harmful materials from your floor covering.
Air scrubbers or negative air machines – Odors that linger after a fire may be especially persistent because they can infiltrate deeply into porous surfaces. Air scrubbers or negative air machines clean and deodorize air using ducting that removes the contaminated air and then exhausts it outside of the containment area.
Fire Damage Restoration Help In The Billings Area
Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration is the preferred local commercial and residential disaster restoration company serving south-central Montana including Billings West End, Billings Heights, Laurel, and Red Lodge. Whether the damage to your home or business is minimal and confined to one room or has caused massive destruction, Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration can help you reconstruct and clean up so you can get back to life and work. Our in-house employees specialize in their trades, have the expertise, tools, and equipment to remediate every type of fire damage. Let us know how we can help!