Fire and smoke restoration services are essential after a fire. Whether the fire was large or small you will be dealing with multiple types of damage. The cleaning and restoration process focuses on eliminating all types of fire damage including smoke damage, soot damage, and even water damage (which could lead to mold) from the water used to put out the fire.
House fires also take a major emotional toll. You just experienced a fire, and now you’re left with a gigantic cleanup that you have to take care of before you can safely live in your house again. Professional fire restoration cleaning companies will restore your home so that you can live there safely. They work with you and your insurance company to make the process as painless as possible.
Contact your Insurance Company
You will want to begin the process of saving your home and belongings after a fire by contacting your insurance company. Most policies will pay or reimburse you for any temporary lodging and clothing you need during the restoration process. Your insurance policy should also cover the fire damage restoration cost and the smoke damage restoration cost. Contact your agent before you do anything else. If you do not have insurance, contact the Red Cross. They may be able to help.
Secure Your Property from Theft & Rain
If you experienced a large fire that damaged the outer walls or the roof of your home, you will need to take extra precautions. Use a board-up service to secure any areas where the outside of your house was damaged. This will help prevent theft, keep out nosy neighbors, and protect any belongings you need to leave behind.
If your roof was damaged, you should secure a tarp in place to protect your belongings from rain and wind while you have everything repaired. Professional fire damage restoration companies will be able to do roof tarping for you. They are trained to go up on something like a fire-damaged roof safely. Please do not put yourself or your family at risk after a fire trying to do something like tarp the roof, especially when your insurance will most likely cover the cost. If you are unable to stay in your home due to the extent of the fire damage, you may wish to rent a small storage space to secure larger valuables.
The Fire and Smoke Restoration Process
Your fire damage restoration can begin as soon as the fire department clears the repair team to go in. In fact, it’s best to start restoring your property as quickly as possible. If firefighters had to use water to put out the fire, then your home needs to be dried out as quickly as possible. Leaving things a soaked, sooty mess will only cause mold to grow in areas you otherwise could have salvaged.
Your fire and smoke restoration cleaning company will begin by inspecting the damage to your property. If needed, they will tarp your roof and board up your home to secure it. Once your home is secure, they will dry any water remaining on your property to prevent mold. Soot and smoke will be thoroughly removed next. Smoke and soot removal is a deep cleaning process using specialized tools which are designed to restore your home to safety and eliminate leftover airborne toxins. Once the house is deep cleaned, any physical repairs or reconstructions can begin.
Fire Damage Restoration Cost
Fire and smoke restoration cost depends on the extent of the damage. Your home restoration company will work with you and your insurance company to provide estimates and services.
J&R Restoration provides fire and smoke restoration services for your property. Our teams are IICRC certified and comply with all safety standards. Give us a call at (561) 674-2332 or schedule a free visual inspection of the damage.