08 Mar 2018

Eight Steps in Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home

A fast response is critical in saving property and possessions. Equally important is knowledgeable expertise of the essential steps of fire restoration and mitigation.

Fire causes billions of dollars in property damage nationwide each year, but no dollar amount can quantify the emotional toll of fire damage. Restoration professionals know how devastating it can be to experience a fire in your home or office – the sense of loss and disruption can be overwhelming.

Timing is critical when it comes to fire damage restoration. The sooner the fire cleanup begins, the better the chance that damaged property can be salvaged and permanent damage can be avoided. Restoration specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to jump into action the moment they receive your call. Restoration services cover every aspect of fire damage repair, including:

Soot and smoke damage restoration
Relief from airborne contamination
Professional deodorization
Cleaning and sanitation
Water removal and drying
Pack-out – content salvaging, packing and removal

Restoration experts will treat your property with the utmost care, handling furniture and clothing, collectibles, photographs and art work, documents, fixtures, appliances, and other fire damaged valuables as if they were our own. They know you have questions, and they will work to keep you informed about the restoration process every step of the way so you’ll understand what’s happening, know what else to expect, and what can be done to fix the problem.

The major steps in fire mitigation and restoration include:

Fire Assessment and Testing: Room by room and item by item assessment of damage

Identify the type of fire and best cleaning method
Identify what can be saved and what will need to be replaced
Complete an inventory of all contents

Secure the property -Board up: Once the fire is completely out, board up and doors, windows, walls, or roof that may have been damaged in putting out the fire to prevent weather damage and prevent unauthorized entry

Fire Mitigation:

Protect unaffected areas
Treat any metal materials in the building so acid soot does not cause permanent damage
Remove the charred and fire damaged structure
HVAC cleaning
Pack out and storage

Pack out

Remove all food items from the refrigerator and freezer (if no power)

Extract any water (due to extinguishing the fire) and dry out; if major amount of water do this early in the process

Structural cleaning – Onsite

Soot and smoke removal
Structural cleaning

Deodorization of the building

Content cleaning – Offsite

Fire cleanup can be very complicated and is frequently handled by experts who are trained in the step by step process of fire restoration. However, knowledge of these 8 major steps will allow you to better understand and/or manage the process of cleanup. In the event you want assistance with the cleanup, it will help you to evaluate the best qualified Fire Restoration Company for your cleanup.

 

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