When a property has been damaged by fire, it is essential to obtain the services of a fire damage restoration contractor in order to make the property safe. Before working on the property, however, access must first be granted by a licensed authority. The contractor can then begin their work by doing an assessment of the damage.
After the fire damage contractor verifies that it’s safe to enter the property, he or she performs an assessment of the damage sustained in the fire and ensuing water intrusion. This can involve assessing how far the flames and smoke have penetrated into the structure, estimating how extensive any cleanup will be, and determining what should be discarded and packed out. At the end of a thorough assessment, your restoration company will have a better idea of how long it will take to restore your home, and can begin formulating a cost estimate.
To begin the restoration process, the property is fenced off and debris is removed. The openings are boarded up or tarped to protect what’s left of the structure from weather damage. If certain areas of a property were not damaged by fire, it’s important for restoration professionals to ensure that these sections are isolated from areas that were damaged so as to minimize any cross-contamination.
Remediation is the stage in water damage restoration when we remove water and dry out your property. We also repair any damaged areas of your foundation, including removing or replacing drywall, flooring and other materials that have been affected by water damage. Roof tarps will be used to prevent rainwater from entering your home or business again during this process phase.
Fire damage restoration is a time-consuming process involving a variety of techniques to return a building to pre-loss condition. A team of technicians will perform manual labor to clean, sanitize, and deodorize every surface affected by smoke or soot. They’ll apply antimicrobial chemicals to prevent mold growth on items that were water damaged and dried out. Damaged items being restored are likely being packed up for storage off site until they can be brought back in.
In the event of an insurance claim, your property must be restored to its pre-loss condition. This means repairing fire damage, rebuilding portions of the structure that were unsalvageable and replacing drywall, flooring materials, interior counters and appliances as necessary in order to bring your home back to its original condition.