Fire Damage Restoration And What It Entails

Fire damage restoration is not just about restoring the parts of your building that have been burned and scorched -- there is a lot more to it than that. After you have received a check for the claims you made to the insurance company, you will hire your fire damage restoration contractor and begin the work. Here is what it entails when you are restoring your home to its full former self:

Removing and Cutting out Everything Scorched

​The first step is to find all of the parts of the home that have been scorched. All of the scorched areas have to be cut free and thrown away in a waiting dumpster. Nothing scorched can be left behind -- if more than half of a supporting wall has been scorched, then the whole wall should be removed. Pictures are taken before anything is removed, so that the contractors can reconstruct the walls and structures that were there before the fire consumed them. 

Removing Everything Saturated by Smoke

​Next, everything that is saturated by smoke from the fire also has to be removed. If it is not removed, your home could stink like something on fire for months after it has been restored. This typically involves removing all of the insulation in the walls, and treating wood surfaces with a chemical that destroys the smoke odors. Wood that can be saved is then sealed to protect it during the restoration process, preventing anything from happening to the wood while the rest of the home is being restored. 

​Removing Water, Mold, Mildew, and Water Damage

​Finally, your contractor will remove all the water left behind by the fire hoses. If there is any water damage (which there most certainly will be), the contractor removes the water-damaged areas, too. If there is mold and mildew, additional services are provided to remove and kill the exposed mold and mildew; this will prevent it from spreading to the rest of the remnants of the home, and from spreading to the new construction on your home. The mold and mildew services will take the longest to complete, simply because the contractor has to wall-off these areas and do everything possible to contain the areas that need cleanup. 

New Construction

​Much of your home may require new construction to restore it. The fire damage contractor may provide the new construction services personally, or sub-contract the new construction out to a residential contractor. This is often the final stage of your fire damage restoration services, because everything has to be removed from the fire-damaged home before new construction can begin.