Fire Damage

Fire can cause severe damage for a homeowner. Professional guidance and assistance allows you to rest assured as much as possible is salvaged following a loss.

Most common types of fire that affect homeowners

Natural Fires

Smoke from burning bushes, shubbery, and trees penetrate the structure creating odor and residue indoors.

Furnace Fires

Malfunctioning oil-fired furnaces distribute smoke throughout the home.

Complex Fires

Many synthetic and natural belongings leave a residue on surfaces and create odors when burned. In the instance of a complex fire corrosion mitigation should be implimented to protect surfaces at risk.

Protein Fires

When food in the oven or on the stove has burned strong odors and residues are present.

Fire Damage includes more than just burned belongings:

  • If left behind, Smoke and Ash can continue to cause corrosion and damage.
  • If odors are not treated they can stay in the home well after the fire is over.Leaks in plumbing
  • Surfaces and walls can discolor in only a few minutes.
  • Appliances can turn yellow and finishes can be damaged.
  • Smoke tarnishes metal and can etch glass in a short time.

Timely restoration is the key to effective mitigation of water damage.

Water damage spreads quickly to other areas in your home.

Within hours wood swells and begins to deteriorate spreading bacterial odor through your home.

Secondary damage can cause many complications leading to costly repair and severe disruption.

During a loss you should:

  • Seek professional help. Irreversible etching can be caused by the corrosive by-products in as little as 72 hours.
  • If your furnace uses forced hot air, change the air filter.
  • Clean out refrigerator, leaving the doors propped open, if the electricity is turned off.
  • Air out the house if the temperature is above 60 degrees to reduce smoke odor. 
  • Capture loose soot from the air by taping a damp cheesecloth over return and supply registers.
  • Use a qualified restoration dry cleaner to clean clothes with heavy smoke damage.
  • Clean surfaces and fixtures such as laminate, chrome, porcelain, and aluminum to prevent irreversible tarnishing or etching.
  • Dispose any open food packages.
  • *Also see here for tips from any water damage from fire suppression.

Things to avoid during a loss:

  • Touching anything with bare hands. Oils can cause additional damage by permeating upholstery, woodwork, and walls.
  • Using electrical appliances without having them checked.
  • Washing walls. Soot residue can be compounded by improper cleaning.
  • Using any ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. 
  • Attempting to clean upholstered furniture or carpets.