Fires can cause much devastation to a home or business property. Emergency responders and firefighters do a great job in containing and extinguishing the fires, but the damage that remains afterward can be extensive. The process of putting out the fire can sometimes cause as much damage as the fire itself. Water damage, in particular, can be the result, as well as lingering smoke, soot and debris that permeate the building and its contents.
It’s best to leave the restoration process to the professionals, like St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration, who are experienced and have the resources and expertise to get your property clean and functional as soon as possible. Our certified experts will get your home or business back to the way it was before the fire so that you can return to normal.
Steps in the Fire Restoration Process
Time is of the essence when it comes to restoring a building after a fire to expedite the cleanup and ensure the best results. Soot, smoke and water that remain can lead to more severe problems later if not addressed quickly. All certified professionals will follow similar steps in their fire restoration process, included those that we’ve itemized below.
1. Assess the Damage
It is necessary to determine how much and what types of damage have occurred so that the professionals know how to proceed. The restoration process will depend partly on what was used to extinguish the fire, like water or dry chemicals or both. The experts will also examine how much smoke and soot is present. These elements can quickly deteriorate a building. Once the extent of damage is known, the restoration company can provide an estimate on cost and duration for the cleanup process.
2. Tarp and Sealing
Preventing further damage from occurring is an initial priority. If the fire damage includes holes in the roof or walls, they will need to be boarded up or tarped off to avoid the outdoor elements from causing more damage and to put a measure of security in place.
3. Removing and Cleaning Contents
Damage to furniture and other removable items can be addressed by removing those items from the building and transporting them to a remote facility for thorough cleaning. Certified technicians have the resources and materials that can safely remove soot and smoke to prevent permanent staining. Sometimes the contents have been damaged beyond repair, in which case they will be removed and disposed of properly.
4. Building Cleanup
The next step is to clean away smoke, dust and soot from the building surfaces. Water damage restoration will ensue, removing any standing water with pumps, then drying and sanitizing the affected areas. Lingering smoke odors will be removed from carpeting, if possible. Any salvageable cabinets or other fixed items will be repaired, restored or resurfaced. If any items are damaged beyond repair, the restoration company will replace them, as needed. Drywall and paint may need to be replaced as well.
Call St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration Immediately after a Fire Occurs
If you experience a fire in your home or business, call the professionals at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 for emergency situations to help prevent further devastation to your home or business. The sooner the restoration process starts, the better the results will be and the quicker you’ll return to normal.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration is a preferred vendor for many of the major Insurance Companies and we work within the boundaries of insurance-covered claims.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration is certified under the IICRC for Odor Control, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Journeyman Textile Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, Commercial Carpet Maintenance, Water Damage Restoration, Mold Remediation, Leather Cleaning, Odor Control, Carpet Repair and Re-installation, and Applied Structural Drying.
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