Fire and smoke can cause considerable damage to your home or business and the cleanup, repair, and restoration needs to be done right. In addition it can also affect a person’s mental and physical well-being. Good companies are dedicated to getting customers through this tough time.
To accomplish this not only will they repair and restore your home they will also deal directly with your insurance carrier. This includes meeting with your insurance adjuster to get his/her agreement on the value of the loss and the scope of the restoration work. This ensures that the insurance company pays for any covered repairs necessary and does not try to save a buck by cutting corners. Most reputable companies also utilize the same industry sources as your insurance adjuster uses to determine the repair cost.
The Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Repair Process
The first step is to secure the structure if required. This is accomplished by boarding up any doors or windows that were damaged by the fire itself or by the fire department to gain entry and extinguish the fire. This prevents anyone from entering the structure till it is deemed structurally safe and secures your possessions from theft, vandalism, and exposure to the elements.
After the structure is deemed safe they will begin the repair and restoration process. To get started they will arrange for emergency power onsite. This allows lighting to be set up provides electricity for the tools or equipment required to begin the debris removal.
If water was used to extinguish the fire it is imperative that the structure be thoroughly dried to prevent any further damage to the structure or contents and to inhibit mold growth. To learn more about this portion of the process visit our water damage page.
All contents should be inventoried and upon completion a copy of the inventory should be provided to the homeowner as well as the insurance carrier. In addition it is also recommended that the company photo document the contents as everything is packed up and removed from the structure. All contents should be secured in climate controlled storage area. All your belongings should also be cleaned and deodorized to completely remove any soot and/or odor. Fabric items that are packed up should be sent out to be dry cleaned by a professional specializing in smoke damage to ensure they are properly cleaned and deodorized. In the event that an item cannot be restored or repaired it should be documented and the insurance carrier notified.
Most floor coverings that have become saturated with dust, soot, smoke, and water are removed and the subfloor is examined for damage. Then we move onto a thorough examination of the floor joists and framework to verify the structural integrity of your home or business and determine if any repairs are needed.
Anything in that is in need of repair including the structure, framing, drywall, painting, wallpaper, carpentry, and cabinetry will be repaired, rebuilt, or replaced. Everything including the HVAC system that is not in need of repair or replacement will be intensively cleaned and disinfected to remove any smoke odor, soot, or mold that has or could potentially contaminate the structure causing lingering odors and in some cases respiratory problems.
Once the restoration is completed we will have eradicated all traces of the damage from your home so you can return to life as usual and put the experience behind you.
If you have been the victim of a fire and are in need of fire damage clean-up and repair please call Disaster Relief today.