Fire damage restoration is the process of taking care of fire and restoring your home to normal. There are many ways in which a fire damages the structure and contents of your home. However, if you have lived through a fire, you must know how it works.
It is crucial to understand the different aspects of fire damage restoration to prevent fire damage. When there is a fire, it can cause extensive property damage and personal injury. The first step to having a successful fire damage restoration process is to understand the best approach. The following are the different processes used to restore the property after a fire.
Scoping and assessment
We perform a proper window survey to evaluate the home’s structure and contents damage before commencing any work. Our initial assessment includes a thorough investigation of structural damage and other vulnerable properties like mats, roof, walls, flooring materials, etc. This helps us to provide accurate information regarding how much cleanup will cost.
The following are examples of areas that may need attention.
- Water damage to ceilings, rooftops, beams, and floors
- Fire damage plastering with deep cracks or substantial loss
- Rooms with missing tiles at ceiling height.
The inspection process occurs for cooperating parties to determine what will be done before any restoration attempt begins by looking at possible issues such as structural integrity or loss of contents. For a successful result, this process pays great importance to minimizing damage through making informed decisions based on the preponderance of undamaged options available.
Preventing further flare-up is one of the first steps to securing the property after a fire. We closely inspect the structure and its content to eliminate any possibilities of slow or hidden burning.
We remove any appliances and electrical items found within the property, which includes electric wall sockets. We also install an electrical ground assessment meter on circuits that may be compromised by water damage or fire-related damages before any restoration work.
Electric hazards are often present in homes after fires, so during our preparation phase, we will be careful not just with fire safety but also about electric risks that might trigger electromagnetic interference or even explode due to incorrectly connected wires.
Before starting with individual room restorers, all structures on a particular floor level have been separated by corrugated sheet metal for walls and ceilings so that materials do not spread through cracks between floors. Once this procedure is done, a professional restorer will start restoring part of the property that requires more technical know-how.
Removing soot & debris
Soot can be acidic and thus readily reacts with materials that it comes in contact with to cause permanent discoloration and damage. Therefore, our team will also remove any soot that was present within the property. During restoration, one of the most critical tasks is to ensure areas are prepared for paint finishes and new floor coverings before we begin installation lines.
If windows or walls were compromised by fire or water damage, removing debris remains an essential task to be done over several days ahead of restoration processes because it can spread harmful molds and plants commonly dispersed after waterlog
We remove any debris or noticeable damage in the property that has been present for years and hidden underneath layers of dirt and smoke.
After this, our specialists use industry-grade vacuums to clean floors with a thick layer of dirty ash, grime, and burnt materials from all over the rooms/buildings to be restored.
Water mitigation and dry out the property
Before the fire damage restoration process, we look for excessive water or moisture, which can cause additional concerns such as mold. We will dry out all rooms that were wetted by water or otherwise contaminated. Additionally, every room should have access to central heating or at least a small power point with enough gas supply for drying amenities within the property.
Scaling & removal of smoke stains from floors
Often fire damage can leave an uneven surface pattern that remains throughout its duration. If possible, we may cover the smoke-stained surfaces by applying a covering material or sanding until floor materials are entirely level with other sections.
We will try to use paintings products that best address the damage caused by various smoke sources such as hydrocarbons, soot, and oil concentrations can be overcome. If ceiling damages remain, insulation may also help fire stains fade faster than painting alone using special techniques related to surface preparation before application of finished surfaces over damaged ceilings.
Smoke odor removal
The restoration process starts when the property is removed from fire and water damages. At this point, smoke odor removal is necessary where Ozone generators are used to eliminate any trace of smoke smell in bathrooms or other rooms such as kitchens. And where specialized chemicals are used to eliminate odors from ovens.
Once this is done, the carpeting and other flooring types/materials will be sprayed with a fresh coat of odor-neutralizing agent in sustainable neutral colors based on different areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. In the restoration process, fire damage specialists check the structural integrity of every building while inspecting all pipes & electrical systems for safety purposes that can even be installed year-round.
Pre rehousing inspection
We conduct a pre-inspection before rehousing to rehousing process to identify hazards that might put people or other living areas at risk. Before the rehousing process begins, our team will ensure all electrical items are properly grounded and secured with adequate code compliance to avoid improper connection of floorboards in new builds when subsequent operating electrics might be bad/inadequate due to salt damage from fires /earthquakes/etc.
The best way to prevent fire damage is to be proactive and educate yourself about the different aspects of fire damage restoration. By understanding what happens during a fire, you can take steps to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, completely eliminating the possibilities of a property fire is impossible; however, even if a fire occurs, it doesn’t have to ruin your property. A trained restoration company can help you recover quickly and prevent further damage to your home or business.