The Fire Damage Restoration Process

When the fire is over, your property is in critical condition due to fire, smoke and water damage. To restore your home or property to pre-fire condition, restoration companies employ specialized equipment and techniques in a step-by-step process. Here are the different stages of the fire damage restoration process:

1. Assessing the Degree of Damage

The restoration technicians inspect the property and assess the extent of the fire, smoke and soot damage, as well as damage from the water that was used to put out the fire. The restoration team will then discover all the visible and hidden damage.

2. Handling of Contents

After the extent of the damage is determined, the workers will move or remove items from the property. Items can be either restored or discarded, depending on the amount of damage they suffered. Restorable items can be restored on site or at a different location.

3. Protecting the Property

In a fire damage event, roofs, walls and windows will most likely be damaged. This can compromise the security of the property. The restoration contractor will provide board-up and roof-trap services to the property to secure it from intruders.

4. Removing Water and Drying

Once the property is secured, the damage restoration continues with removing the excess water that resulted from extinguishing the fire. After the water is removed, the technicians will dry the property completely to prevent further water damage.

5. Removing Smoke and Soot Residue

When the property is dried, the restoration team will clean the soot from surfaces, such as ceilings, floors, walls and items, using specialized equipment. The contractor will also eliminate biological and chemical pollutants and remove smoke odors using equipment such as foggers, ozone generators, and hydroxyl generators.

6. Cleaning and sanitization

At this stage in the fire damage restoration process, the remaining dust, debris, smoke and soot residue will be removed from items and surfaces, and the property will be sanitized.

7. Property restoration

In the final step, the restoration team will work to get your property back to its pre-loss condition. If needed, the property will undergo repairs and reconstruction, such as painting, replacing drywall or carpet, remodeling, or other necessary modifications. Some companies also offer demolition and complete property reconstruction services.

Finding the right fire damage restoration company can be a difficult task, but hiring the right company is critical. Learn what questions you need to ask a restoration company before hiring them here. For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.

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