Fire Damage Restoration
Fires wreak havoc in many ways, from flames to smoke to water damage from suppression efforts. At ServiceMaster Restore by 247, we’ve seen it all when it comes to fire damage.
Fire Damage Restoration in the Home
Our fire damage restoration experts know how to properly address damage caused directly by flames as well as secondary damage from smoke and water. We work swiftly to clean, repair, and restore fire-damaged properties, getting homeowners and businesses back on track. With our decades of experience handling fire damage restoration, you can trust ServiceMaster Restore by 247 to manage every detail of the restoration process. We won’t stop until your property is restored and you can resume your normal life. If fire strikes your home or business, contact ServiceMaster Restore by 247 immediately to start effective restoration. We’re available 24/7 to respond quickly and begin reversing the fire’s destruction.
What Are the Steps to Fire Restoration
- Secure the site and assess damage – The first priority is making sure the site is safe and secure. Then professionals conduct a thorough assessment of structural damage, smoke odor, and materials impacted.
- Water removal – If water was used to extinguish the fire, that water needs to be extracted immediately to prevent mold growth. Professional extraction equipment is used.
- Clean and disinfect – Smoke odor permeates surfaces and contents, so cleaning and disinfecting takes place using chemicals, abrasive cleaning, and ozone treatments.
- Structure repairs – Damaged structural components like floors, walls, and roofs are repaired or rebuilt according to code. Electrical and plumbing systems may also need repair.
- Content restoration – Belongings that can be salvaged are cleaned, deodorized, and restored. Items too damaged are documented and disposed of properly.
- Apply sealants – Paints or sealants are applied to walls, ceilings, and surfaces to seal in smoke odor and create a fresh backdrop.
- Air purification – Air scrubbers actively filter air while negative air pressure contains odors. Ozone treatment may also be used.
- Documentation and permits – All restoration work and processes are thoroughly documented. Any necessary permitting or mitigation reports are completed.
- Inspections and completion – Once the site passes final inspections, the restoration project is complete and residents or workers can re-enter safely.
What to do to Prepare for Fire Restoration
What To Do
Here are some things a resident can do to prepare for fire restoration:
- Document damage – Take photos/video of all damage before cleanup begins. This aids with insurance claims and restoration work.
- Secure valuables – Remove undamaged valuables and important documents for safekeeping during the restoration process.
- Clear access – Remove burnt debris and clear access ways so restoration crews can work efficiently.
- Turn off utilities – Turn off any natural gas, propane, or fuel lines affected by the fire. Also turn off electricity.
- Notify insurance – Contact your insurance provider right away to get the claims process started.
- Inventory losses – Make a detailed list of damaged and destroyed property for insurance claims.
- Arrange alternative housing – Depending on damage, you may need temporary accommodations during restoration.
- Be available – Provide contact info and be available for meetings with insurance adjusters and project managers.
- Ask questions – Don’t be afraid to ask your restoration company any questions about the restoration process.
- Be patient – Restoration takes time. Work closely with the restoration team through the many steps.
Preparation and collaboration between residents and restoration crews makes the fire damage repair process as smooth and efficient as possible.
What Not To Do Before Fire Restoration
- Don’t try to clean it yourself – Smoke odor, soot, and contamination require professional cleaning and deodorizing. Don’t risk making things worse.
- Don’t throw away restorable items – Damaged items don’t always need to be discarded. Restoration experts can often clean and restore belongings.
- Don’t attempt structural repairs – Leave structural repairs like walls, floors, and roofs to qualified contractors following codes.
- Don’t turn utilities back on – Don’t turn gas, electricity, or fuel lines back on until a professional has inspected them.
- Don’t enter a severely damaged site – Structural integrity may be compromised and pose safety risks if not assessed.
- Don’t discard fire debris – The debris provides clues about the fire’s origin and should be left for investigators.
- Don’t wash clothing or fabrics – Washing can permanently sets smoke odor and soot into fabrics, making restoration harder.
- Don’t delay drying out – Leaving standing water encourages mold growth. Use professional water extraction ASAP.
- Don’t move damaged items – Leave fire and water damaged items in place for documentation and assessment.
- Don’t sign repair contracts quickly – Vet companies thoroughly first. Beware high pressure sales after a fire crisis.
The Process of Professional Fire Restoration
- Fire restoration professionals respond quickly to start securing the site, assessing damage, and mitigating further loss.
Document and Inventory
- All damaged areas and property are photographed/videotaped. Detailed notes are taken on the extent of damage.
- If water was used for suppression, professional extraction equipment is used to remove standing water. Dehumidifiers are installed.
Smoke and Soot Removal
- Affected surfaces are cleaned using chemical agents, abrasive scrubbing, and air purifying equipment to remove smoke odors and residues.
Sanitization and Disinfection
- Microbial disinfectants are applied throughout the property to sanitize against bacteria, viruses, and odors.
Structure Repairs and Rebuilding
- Damaged structural components are repaired and rebuilt according to code by qualified contractors.
- Belongings are carefully cleaned, deodorized, and refurbished. Non-salvageable items are disposed of properly.
- Once all repairs pass inspection, the restoration project is finished. The property is safe and ready for re-occupancy.
The fire restoration process aims to thoroughly remove damage and return the property back to a pre-loss condition, allowing residents and businesses to resume normal operations.