When a fire damages your property, it’s a traumatic event. It’s common to feel overwhelmed. A fire damage restoration company can help restore your structure to its pre-loss condition so that it’s safe and comfortable for your family or business.
While the fire restoration process varies based on the kind of property, the severity of the fire and how much time has passed since the fire event, the purpose of the fire damage restoration process is to mitigate damage, neutralize toxic smoke, and extract water to prevent further damage.
Our team of fire damage restoration experts are committed to doing everything in their power to ensure your family or business can get back to normal as quickly as possible. This guide explains the fire damage restoration steps and what property owners can expect along the way.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Once the smoke clears, our fire damage restoration experts are ready to offer rapid response, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. When you contact us, we will ask you a series of questions about the nature of the fire and your property. Once we have this information, we will schedule a site inspection. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the fire damage restoration process.
In the meantime, it’s helpful to call your insurance provider so that you’re fully aware of your coverage. We offer a free consultation on the insurance process so that you have all the necessary information to make the right decisions for your property.
Step 2: Site Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
The next step in the fire damage restoration process is a thorough site inspection and fire damage assessment. When we arrive onsite, our team will assess the damage in each affected area or room to determine what steps are necessary to restore your property. At this point, we will decide whether emergency board-up and site containment services are necessary to secure your property and preserve the affected space from further damage. Where required, our team will begin stabilizing the structure to ensure the recovery of as many building materials as possible.
Step 3: Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service
When a fire occurs on a property, damaged windows, compromised walls and holes in the ceilings and roof can be detrimental to the safety and stability of the affected structure. During this step of the fire restoration process, our team will board up any broken windows, secure walls and if necessary, put a tarp on the damaged roof to help safeguard your property from additional damage.
Step 4: Drying and Water Removal
Whether your sprinkler system went off and doused everything or the firefighters spent hours trying to extinguish the fire with powerful water streams, water damage can weaken the structure, degrade building materials and cause harmful mold growth.
To minimize additional damage, our team will clean up excess water and use industrial strength dehumidifiers to dry out the structure. To make sure all excess moisture is removed, and your building is properly mitigated, our technicians may need to cut out damaged structures and remove walls.
Step 5: Soot and Smoke Removal
Even if the fire was contained to one area of your building, you may still have soot and smoke damage in other areas that needs to be addressed. Our team uses a variety of techniques and professional equipment to remove soot and smoke damage from ceilings, walls and other surfaces throughout the structure. This includes a deep clean and hand wiping of your entire building to ensure all smoke and soot is removed. To deodorize your space and make sure no microscopic harmful soot particles are left behind, our technicians employ air scrubbers and Hydroxyl generators.
Step 6: Sanitation, Cleaning and Content Restoration
In addition to structural damage, the contents of your building also need to be evaluated for damage. Any items that have been damaged by fire, smoke or water that can be salvaged will be inventoried and cleaned by our team. You will receive a complete inventory of all unsalvageable items that you can use in the case of an insurance claim.
When making decisions during this phase of the fire damage restoration process, our technicians make decisions based on the restoration versus replacement cost, severity of damage, loss of value, decreased life expectancy and of course, sentimental value.
Step 7: Final Restoration and Rebuild
Rebuilding the affected structures is the final step in the recovery process. The build back may involve common repairs such as painting, replacing dry-wall, installing new carpet or in some cases, reconstructing a whole room or area that was damaged during the fire.
Call the Fire Damage Restoration Experts at Dry Kings
Following these steps, our fire damage restoration experts will work quickly and carefully to restore your property so that you can get back to your business or home as soon as possible. Contact us online or give us a call today at 415-877-9611 for more information.