Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

The fire engines have left the scene and your home or business is, from appearance, a charred, soggy mess. Property owners can be left feeling traumatized and unsure which steps to take next. Whether it is a small fire in your garage or a large fire that has left a large amount of damage throughout your structure, it’s time to call a professional to assess and clean up the mess. These professionals are called disaster restoration specialists. They are certified to restore fire and water damaged properties through their specialized training and experience.

Fire damage encompasses any physical damage a property sustains as a result of burning. This can be caused by flames directly or indirectly by smoke and caustic materials produced by the fire. Along with the damage left by the fire itself, there will be damage left from the water and chemicals used to extinguish the fire. A professional restoration company will be able to determine what can be salvaged through the restoration process and what is beyond saving.

Fire Damage Repair Process

Step 1 – Inspect and Assess the Damage – Your property will be inspected to determine the extent of damage sustained by fire, smoke and soot. This is crucial to developing an action plan.

Step 2 – Board-up and Tarp – Windows, walls and roofs often sustain damage in a fire. Any accessible opening will be closed up and tarped to secure the property against further damage.

Step 3 – Water Removal – Any remaining water will be removed immediately after the property is secured. Large air movers and dehumidifiers will be used to remove residual moisture and complete the drying process.

Step 4 – Smoke and Soot Removal – Restoration professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove residual smoke and soot from walls, ceilings and other surfaces.

Step 5 – Sanitization and Cleaning – Any items or structures that can be restored will be cleaned. There are a variety of cleaning techniques that will be used to restore your goods to their previous condition. The property and items will also be treated to remove the acrid stench, left by fire and smoke, with air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 – Restoring – This is the final step to returning your property to its pre-fire condition. This may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, flooring and painting. It may also include major repairs, such as reconstruction of areas that have sustained structural damage.

Fire damage restoration can be tedious and intricate, but if work is not started quickly , damage that is already present will only worsen. Professional restoration specialists can make the already stressful process much less traumatic.

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