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Fire Damage Restoration: The Basics

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration: The Basics

When fire strikes a home or business, the victims' first worries are always with their loved ones or employees. However, once the emergency situation is over, the process of clean-up and restoration begins. Licensed and experienced fire damage restoration professionals are capable of performing fire cleanup and then restoring salvageable fire-damaged property. What steps are really involved in the process of fire cleanup and restoration after residential or commercial fire damage?

1: Assessment and Testing

Home and business owners should attempt to get the fire damage team on the scene as soon as safely and legally possible. Once the authorities have given the all-clear, it's time for the fire damage restoration experts to diagnose the extent of the fire damage and determine which property can be restored. Whether from a fire in a home or a fire in a business, technicians will thoroughly survey both damaged and undamaged areas. They will assess smoke damage, soot damage, smoke smell and other issues and develop a plan for restoration.

2: Preventing Further Damage

After the initial assessment of smoke damage, soot damage and other problems from a fire in a home or a workplace, the fire damage restoration professionals will take steps to make sure that more problems aren't added to the fire damage. Roof tarps, boards for windows and other measures will prevent further problems during the fire cleanup process and maintain security.

3: Water Damage

Water damage often accompanies smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell after a fire, especially when firefighters had to use water or when the property was exposed to the elements. Restoration technicians will assess the extent of water damage and use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture that accompanies home or commercial fire damage.

4: Smoke and Soot Fire Cleanup

Next comes the removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces damaged by the fire in the business or residence. Fire damage professionals will use a variety of specialized tools, depending on the type of surface. To deal with soot damage or smoke damage different techniques are necessary for soft materials like upholstery than for hard but porous materials like drywall or non-porous materials like glass or stone.

5: Clean-up and Sanitizing

Whether after a house fire or commercial fire damage, cleanup doesn't stop at soot removal. Once free of soot or smoke, every restorable item will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with the proper methods and chemicals for the material type. Industrial-strength air scrubbers and deodorizing foggers permit the removal of smoke smell from many surfaces and objects, even after major fire damage.

6: Reconstruction

In the case of really severe damage, restoration may have to go beyond fire clean-up and soot damage or smoke smell repair. Depending on the extent of the damage, small or large repairs may be required after a fire in a home or a fire in a business. Fire restoration experts will assess damaged areas for structural problems, damage to electrical systems and other issues and then create a plan for reconstruction. They will work with contractors to bring the home or business back to its original, safe condition.

7: Finishing Touches

After making sure that all restorable property is treated and any major damage repaired, fire repair experts will help put the finishing touches to erase the last traces of fires in homes or fires in business premises. Drywall replacement, painting, re-carpeting and many other smaller jobs may be necessary. Odor-controlling undercoats can be added during painting to seal in any residual smoke smells. In this phase, technicians can work carefully with the family or business owner to make sure that the property returns as closely as possible to its original condition.


Whether it's a house fire or commercial fire damage, everyone who has suffered a fire wants to undo as much of the damage as possible. With fire restoration professionals following these steps and employing modern tools and techniques, victims of fire damage can look forward to effective and efficient restoration. Visit http://www.SERVPRObaytownchannelview.com for more information on fire damage.

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