So how much does smoke and fire damage cost to repair? You can benefit from understanding some basic numbers related to restoration costs and some information about the many steps involved in complete restoration. But keep this fact in mind: smoke and fire damage are usually covered by insurance, so your out-of-pocket cost for repairs and restoration may actually be very low. And there are professionals who can do all the work for you.
Still, let’s take a look at the numbers:
Nationwide, the average repair cost for a home damaged by fire and smoke is more than $4,000. That’s a staggering number, even when you take into account the cost of a home. And keep in mind that this cost is often higher in California, where home prices and service costs are usually higher.
Homeowners who participated in a recent survey spent between $2,200 and just over $6,000 on smoke and fire restoration after a fire. Of course, the amount spent depends on a number of factors, including how severe the damage to the home was.
Rarely is the cost less than $800, and occasionally the cost can rise to $12,000 or more. But remember: there are many services involved in complete fire damage restoration, and most of these services are covered by insurance.
Some of the meticulous restoration tasks involve:
Water damage. This inevitable result of firefighting efforts leave a whole class of damage to property and the home’s structure. And cleaning it up involves special water damage restoration in addition to the special techniques used for fire damage restoration. All wet items need to be dried before the real impact of water damage can be assessed.
Soot removal. Soot is acidic and oily at the same time, so it stains carpets, curtains and more. That means soot removal is one of the first things that must be done for complete fire damage restoration, and it need to be done quickly. Items that aren’t cleaned of soot very quickly can be permanently damaged within hours or days.
Textile and furniture deodorizing. Odors will remain in clothes, soft furnishings and drapes unless deodorization is handled before cleaning. There are chemical counteractants and other compounds that eliminate that smoky smell by breaking up the molecules and allowing them to be washed or vacuumed away. Ozone treatments also help. But most commonly available household disinfectants and sprays provide no benefit at all or only temporarily cover up the odor.
Wall, surface and duct cleaning. Soot, ash and that smoky smell get everywhere, so all walls and surfaces as well as HVAC ductwork must be cleaned carefully. Special chemical sponges can do some of the work, but professionals have other tools available that work even better. Then, air duct cleaning is a science of its own.
And these are only a few of the tasks that must be done.
When cleaning and deodorizing isn’t properly handled, damage and odors will continue to appear and worsen over time. That’s why it pays to spend the money necessary for professional fire and smoke damage restoration.
At Orange Restoration, we’re experts at repairing fire and smoke damage so your home can get back to the way it once was — or even better. All you have to do contact us to get the ball rolling toward complete professional restoration.
When you need Orange Restoration, we’ll be here. And if now is your hour of need, please don’t delay in contacting us. Working with us is the smartest money you’ll spend after your home is damaged by fire, smoke and water damage. Call (619) 376-6838.