There are actually many steps involved in fire damage restoration, but they can be divided into four general categories. Within each restoration category is a nearly limitless array of services.
For example, fire damage restoration may include ozone treatments to destroy odors, area rug cleaning, furniture refinishing, dry cleaning and many more specific services, each a job that should go into the hands of professionals. But the exact details of what you need done will depend on the extent of the smoke and fire damage, the quality and importance of the furnishings and finishes in the room and many more factors. It’s best to let the professionals provide specific advice on the exact methods and measures to help you get things back to normal at your home or business.
When the tragedy of a fire happens, choosing certified, licensed, insured and proven fire damage restorers is crucial. You need a company you can call anytime of the day or night — especially since the first 48 hours are the most vital. If you wait too long, additional permanent damage can start to happen. Soot and water that linger can create secondary damage that amounts to hundreds or thousands of dollars more in repair work.
So what are the four general steps involved in fire damage restoration? They include:
- Inspection and evaluation. The process starts by assessing just how bad the damage is. Once the extent of the damage has been determine, it’s easier to make a cost estimate and to understand what services will be required and how long the restoration process will take. A complete assessment and inspection also includes a list of items that need to be restored.
- Packing out. Belongings like clothing and shoes as well as linens and home décor items are in the way of structural restoration and need to be restored in separate and special ways. All loose contents are usually documented, packed up, removed and taken to a facility where they can be cleaned. Important items like business suits can be rushed through the cleaning process if necessary. In cases where damage to belongings is minimal, this cleaning may be accomplished on-site, saving time and money.
- Structural fire and smoke damage restoration. The heart of the matter, fire damage restoration involves vacuuming, dry brushing and then wet cleaning of floors, carpets or walls and also deep cleaning for smoke damage. Special equipment and solutions are used for neutralizing smoke odors, getting ride of chemical and biological pollutants and more. Thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators and thermal generators are among the industrial-grade equipment that may be used for restoring the structure of a home or business. Plus, water damage often comes with fire damage and must also be restored.
- Contents restoration. Once the walls, floor and other structures of the home or commercial building are restores, content restoration services are necessary to deodorize, clean and preserve the furnishings. Ozone deodorization is among the methods available for getting rid of that smoky fire smell. Plus, documents, electronics and other equipment subjected to the fire and smoke may need restoration services too.
Nothing is more important after a fire than taking the right actions that can lead you to complete fire damage restoration. Taking smart action can be a lot less money out of pocket and a reduced burden on your insurance company too.
In the San Diego area, the right choice for fire and smoke damage restoration is Orange Restoration. .Contact us at (619) 376-6838 to learn how we can help you — and do it quick. Every passing hour means additional damage is being done.