Fire Damage

After the smoke clears it is natural to want to clean a building and its contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize or seriously impede satisfactory restoration. Because it is important to remember that airborne soot particles are hazardous to your health, do not enter the affected area without an OSHA-approved respirator. Limit your movement in the area and keep your hands clean. Most importantly, remember that the cleaning of soot from walls, woodwork and upholstery is best left to a professional. Improper techniques can easily make the situation worse.

Expect Delays

It is important for you to know that preparing an accurate estimate for these types of damages is often difficult and time consuming. Delay at this stage are sometimes irritating, but often necessary to ensure that your needs are being met. There are often hidden damages that are not apparent until demolition has begun. There may be necessary code upgrades as determined by the building inspector. Expect to have differing opinions among all parties concerned (potential contractors, the adjuster and the building inspector and you) as to what needs to be done.

Our fire damage specialists are caring, experienced professionals who respond quickly to minimize the damage to your property and repair your property to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. Unlike many companies that only provide limited services, our team is fully qualified to handle both the mitigation and the structural repairs necessary for total recovery.

Fire Damage Restoration Steps

  • Protection - taking steps to protect the health and safety of all occupants and protecting structure and contents from further damage
  • Extraction - removal of water using state of the art equipment specifically designed to handle large quantities of water/sewage
  • Deodorization - removal, destruction, or modification of undesirable orors generated by the fire and its residues
  • Cleaning - removal of soot and any additional residues
  • Structural repairs - recovery, repair, and rebuilding, reconstruction or replacement services to return your property to pre-loss condition once the emergency services are completed

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DO these Tasks

  • In the event of significant fire/smoke damage, make sure the fire department and your utility providers have determined it is safe to reconnect water, electricity or gas.
  • Upon re-entering your property, look for structural damage to ceilings, roof and walls that may be compromised and subject to collapse.
  • In the event of contained fire/smoke damage, IMMEDIATELY turn off your heating/cooling system to prevent airborne soot particles from infiltrating through out your home. Change the furnace filter.
  • Open windows for ventilation.
  • Contain the damage by shutting doors in the affected area and placing towels under the door to prevent the airborne soot particles and odor from spreading.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air register and returns.
  • Limit your movements within your home or business as much as possible. Airborne soot particles will become impregnated in carpets and upholstery.
  • Try to avoid inhaling the soot. A respirator is advised.
  • Wipe off and protect the chrome on plumbing fixtures and appliances by applying a light coating of Vaseline or oil. This will help to prevent the metal from pitting due to the acidic nature of the soot particles.
  • Keep hands as clean as possible. Soot, combined with the oil in your hands, can further contaminate walls, woodwork and upholstery. This makes the cleaning process more difficult.

Do NOT do These

  • Do not consume any canned or packaged food, beverages or medicines until the level of exposure to heat, smoke and soot has been determined. They may have been contaminated.
  • Do not throw away any damaged goods until an inventory has been taken.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces without consulting a professional first.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting a professional first.
  • If the ceiling appears wet, do not turn on any ceiling fixtures.
  • Do not use any electrical appliances until they have been cleaned.
  • Do not take clothing, draperies, linens, etc. to a normal dry cleaner. These items require special equipment and procedures to fully remove soot and smoke odor.

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