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Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss If DIY Recovery Is Dangerous In Los Angeles

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Is DIY Fire Recovery Dangerous for Los Angeles Properties?

Once a fire has occurred in a Los Angeles home, it can feel like a substantial amount of effort is necessary to make the property feel like home again. As challenging as this process might appear, many property owners still seek to do much of the work themselves despite a lack of training or understanding of all of the needs of a house after these disasters. While some have succeeded in restorations of smaller fire losses, more have noticed too late that the situation was direr than they realized.

One of the hazards of DIY recovery of fire damage in Los Angeles residences begins with an inadequate assessment of the damage and underselling of the present threats circulating in the structure. Homeowners often cannot determine underlying concerns they cannot immediately see, so the repairs and restoration following a fire loss incident often are exclusively superficial. Structural concerns, embedded odors, and even air quality concerns go unaddressed and presumed to go away on their own in time.

There are inherent risks with choosing to restore fire losses on your own without the appropriate training and education that our SERVPRO team has. Because safety is such a vital element to the work that we do, our team members arrive with the right personal protective equipment, including respirators, disposable coveralls, and more. These tools help us to navigate profoundly hazardous circumstances that could exist in the most concentrated areas of fire loss in your home.

Soot can be one of the most hazardous presences in your house following a loss incident, and our SERVPRO professionals address these concerns carefully as well. From HEPA-filtering air scrubbers to trap soot particles circulating in the environment to carefully cleaning surfaces to prevent these same particles from aerosolizing, inadequate addressing of this threat can be a costly mistake for the contents and occupants of your house.

DIY fire loss recovery is not impossible. However, it does come with challenges when property owners do not have the education and available equipment that our SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park team does. Give us a call at (213) 628-2000.

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