Fire damage to your home or business can be devastating and leave you in shock. 1 Hour Rescue Restoration is here to calmly help you through the entire fire damage restoration process.
Fire and water damage restoration must begin quickly after a fire damages your home or business. Our IICRC-certified professionals will determine the extent of the damage, including the smoke impact, heat, and residues from the fire, water, smoke, and soot.
If you only had a small fire and only see soot damage, you might assume this is an easy task to handle on your own without getting the insurance company involved. Cleaning after a fire requires a detailed cleaning of your home or business from top to bottom, even in areas you think may not have been affected. One great thing to do is to call 1 Hour Rescue Restoration to perform a chemical sponge test. This tool will help show us how much smoke soot you have in your home. Many times your entire kitchen cabinets have to be emptied, and every dish and appliance wiped clean. Without the proper chemicals, you can cause more damage to your surfaces if you attempt to remove soot on your own.
You should hire a professional upholstery cleaner to clean any smoke fire damage on your furniture. The lingering odors from smoke are notoriously difficult to remove completely. Smoke can also permeate wallpaper, drywall, and carpets, requiring expert attention and commercial smoke damage repair equipment.
Once you start adding up all the work, it makes more sense to contact a professional and your insurance company. The last thing you want is for your home to not be restored and still have a bad odor in it. Insurance might not cover the cost of your restoration if you didn't contact them in the first place.
After you have fire damage to your home, it can be difficult to know what is supposed to happen next. Count on 1 Hour Rescue Restoration to know what's going to happen and walk you through the restoration process.
Once you call 1 Hour Rescue Restoration to respond to your home or business fire, the first thing we will do is cover all exposed areas and adequately protect your structure by boarding it up.
After the property has been boarded up, we will make sure no further damage can occur until proper mitigation can begin. It's typical for most structures after fire damage to be very wet because of the amount of water the fire department uses to put out the fire. We will set up the proper drying equipment to dry and keep the structure safe from secondary water damage like mold.
Once your property is adequately protected and you have called your insurance company, the insurance adjuster will visit your home. The fire and water restoration can now begin. The restoration process typically starts a day or two after the fire. Again, the quicker you can get the restoration process started, the lesser the chance of additional damage. We will remove all fire-damaged building materials and inventory all contents affected by the fire and water damage.
Once we remove everything from your home, we can begin cleaning and deodorizing. Some of the safe deodorization techniques we use are encapsulation, fogging, hydroxyls, and ice blasting.
1 Hour Rescue Restoration are also licensed general contractors and can complete your fire damage restoration project from beginning to end. After the cleanup process, 1 Hour Rescue Restoration will work with an architect if necessary and have drawings made up of your home for the repairs. Since we also do the emergency restoration cleanup, this is a smooth transition for both you as the property owner and your insurance company.
It's never a quick fix, though we've gathered together a multi-discipline team of contractors and technicians to work in tandem to complete the work as soon as possible. From structural repairs to sand/soda-blasting to odor removal to contents cleaning, our fire damage restoration crew begin as soon as the project scope is determined, and we don't stop until the job is done and both you and the insurance company are satisfied with the results.
Most often, yes. You'll need to check your specific policy for the full scope of coverage, but in general, if the damage was caused by a flame, it's covered. Your best bet is to hire a professional restoration to help you through the claims process. We know how to avoid some common missteps when it comes to making sure the entire loss is documented and covered. Many homeowners and insurance companies forget, for instance, to consider that your HVAC system will need to be cleaned of soot, and, since fires are extinguished using water, many areas of your home may need to be restored due to water damage even if they weren't directly affected by the fire.
Depending on the extent or location of the fire damage, some homeowners can move back in a few days or longer. The fire department will usually turn off electricity and gas to the property right away, and that won’t be restored until a building inspector says that it’s safe to turn those utilities back on. If you experienced significant smoke damage and the home’s occupants include elderly persons, young children, or those with chronic health conditions, you may be wise to stay until the smoke cleanup is complete. Contracting with a company experienced in fire damage restoration can often get you back home sooner, because they’ll have the resources to hire and manage the many tradespeople who will need to work together to make the home liveable again.
DIY soot removal is not recommended. Commercially available products can actually cause permanent damage to surfaces. Soot itself is primarily oil-based, but that residue also contains toxic, possibly biohazard contaminants.
Smoke damage is rarely limited to one area of the house, and it leaves behind residue that can hide in crevices and out-of-reach areas, and a simple "airing out" may not be sufficient. We recommend consulting with a smoke damage technician who can help you troubleshoot the next steps.