Jan 10

What to Expect During a Typical Fire Damage Restoration

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire department somewhere in the U.S. responds to a fire every 24 seconds. This can be a devastating experience should it ever happen to your home or business. But even if the restoration that comes afterward can be too much to bear, you need to work quickly to avoid further losses and costly repairs.  

To guide you through the restoration process efficiently, you need to work with a fire and mold restoration specialist such as Special Touch Restoration. Here’s what they usually do in a typical fire damage restoration job.

Initial Assessment

As soon as you call in a fire damage professional, they’ll come to your affected home as soon as possible. They’ll usually check how much your home was affected by smoke and fire damage. They’ll also check the structural damage of your home as well as any breaches or ingress points that need to be sealed (i.e. broken windows, doors, holes in the walls/ceiling, etc.).

They’ll also look for other types of damage that were caused by the fire. This can sometimes be basement water damage that has affected the inner structure of your home. Partial flooding in your basement and crawl space can come from damaged plumbing and water that was used to put out the fire. This needs to be drained or else it can lead to additional mold, mildew, and rotting damage. 

Removal, Cleaning and Restoration

Once they complete their inspection and assessment, they’ll secure your home’s foundation and remove any debris around your property and board up broken windows and doors as a temporary fix. They’ll also install additional fencing around the property and use a tarp over your roof to cover the damaged areas.

Once cleaning starts, it can be tedious and time-consuming. Professionals are often needed at this stage of restoration as they’ll know how to do the job with speed and efficiency. But you should also be aware that not everything can be saved, even if specialized cleaning products and equipment are used. Repair any damage in parts of your home that can still be saved, salvage whatever’s left of your furniture and equipment, and prepare yourself for a long renovation and restoration process.

If you’re searching online on what to expect in a fire restoration job or addressing “water in crawl space,” Special Touch Restoration is your best choice for the job! Call us today at (256) 330-4822 if you’re in North Alabama or (251) 512-1424 if you’re from South Alabama. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form!