Fire Damage Remediation Services
Professional Fire Remediation for the Greater Atlanta Area
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Yes, fire damage is a serious issue, but our fire and smoke damage specialists work with you and your insurance company to completely clean up the situation. Let us help you make the fire damage repair process in your home or business simple cost effective, and hassle-free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Damage Remediation
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What is fire damage restoration?
A fire can be a devastating experience, and the thought of restoring fire damaged property can seem overwhelming. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department located somewhere in the United States responds to a fire every 24 seconds. Fire restoration may involve property board up, demolition, debris removal, odor and soot removal, personal content cleaning, and working to remove any disturbed hazards such as lead and asbestos. Fire damage restoration also includes and water damage mitigation since the fire department douses the structure with water to extinguish the fire.
What happens during the fire damage restoration process?
- Assessment of Damage
After first confirming the property is safe to enter, the first thing a fire damage contractor must do is perform an assessment of the damage sustained in the fire and ensuing water intrusion. This typically involves assessing how far the flames and smoke have penetrated the structure and how extensive any cleanup is likely to be. This step also involves assessment of the contents inside of the property to determine what should be discarded and what can be packed out and restored. At the end of a thorough assessment, the restoration company will have a better idea of the scope of the work, how long it will take and can begin formulating a cost estimate.
- Security of Property & Debris Removal
After the assessment has been performed, the next step is securing the property. This includes installing fencing around the property, removing debris around the perimeter, and boarding up openings in the structure, as well as tarping or sealing off parts of the roof to protect what’s left of the property from the weather. If certain areas of the property were not impacted by the fire, then it’s important for restoration professionals to ensure that this area is sealed off from the area that was impacted to minimize any cross contamination.
- Demolition, Water Mitigation & Dry Out
The goal during this stage is to prevent further damage due to mold or corrosion by removing water and drying out the property. Personal property will be removed from the interior of the structure. Damaged drywall, flooring and other materials will be removed down to the studs as necessary. Water extraction crews will work with commercial equipment to dry out the structure. Roof tarps will be maintained during this stage to prevent further intrusion of water.
- Clean Up & Smoke Removal
This is the most intensive part of a fire damage restoration job: clean up. This step typically involves a lot of manual labor to properly clean smoke and soot from interior and exterior surfaces. In many cases, every inch of the affected area will need to be cleaned. Following proper clean up, deodorizing agents are used to fully remove any lingering smoke odors. If water damage restoration has also been performed, it may be necessary to sanitize or apply antimicrobial chemicals to halt any subsequent mold growth. Off site, any contents that have been packed out are also likely being restored to pre-loss condition. Cleanup also involves duct cleaning to remove any soot, smoke or debris that may have settled in ducts.
- Construction & Restoration
The final step in returning the property to pre-loss condition is performing any necessary fire damage repairs or to rebuild fire-damaged areas. In the case of a fire, parts of the structure may be completely unsalvageable during the initial assessment, and therefore must be removed and replaced. This may include rebuilding and replacing the roof, replacing electrical, replacing and painting drywall, replacing flooring materials, replacing interior counters, fixtures, etc. to bring the property back to pre-loss condition.
How long does the fire damage repair process take?
Professionals can complete smaller fire repairs in a day or two, but extensive repairs can take up to several months. The size of the fire and affected household areas will determine your concrete timeline, costs can average anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 to recover and restore your home after a small fire. Larger fires that destroy your roof or kitchen can cost as high as $50,000 and up.
Can you live in your home while fire damage restoration is ongoing?
Simply put, a house fire is one of the most traumatic things that can happen in a person’s life. Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you are supposed to feel the safest. But a house fire can shatter that feeling of safety and replace it with a sense of unease. No matter how big or small the fire that caused it was. Smoke damage is a major health risk, whether it’s the result of a full-on house fire or a localized fire that was contained to one room. Even if you cannot see any smoke, there could be still be smoke particles which you cannot see.