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Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

If you have experienced fire damage, you most likely want to get your property restored as soon as possible. You should never try and remediate or restore your property on your own after a disaster occurs; you should always rely on a restoration professional with fire damage repair to get the job done properly, efficiently, and safely. If you are in Maui or on the Big Island, SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui is here to get your property back to or better than it was before the fire. Contact us today to schedule regular or emergency cleanup & restoration services. 

Our Process

The process for dealing with fire and water restoration are different, though they also have many similarities. In today’s blog, we start by providing an overview of our process of rebuilding and repairing properties after fire damage. 

No single fire damage restoration process is the same either, which is one reason why you shouldn’t do it on your own. Hire experts who know how to save as much of your property and restore it as completely as possible. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

  1. Confirm that the property is safe to enter — Before any fire damage repair can begin, we scrutinize your property for structural damage from the outside. No work can begin until your home is deemed safe to enter by an inspector. 
  2. Inspect Damages — Once the property has been deemed safe to enter, our professionals carefully inspect and test rooms to determine the full extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step gives us the information we need to create a plan of action. 
  3. Board up windows and place tarp on damaged roofs — To maintain security and protect against further damages, SERVPRO professionals may board up missing windows and walls and put a tarp on your damaged roof. 
  4. Minimize the damage — One of the reasons why it’s important to call a professional restoration company as soon as possible after a fire has occurred is to minimize damages. Certain things, such as soot staining, can be reduced in impact if addressed soon enough. If left for too long, it can lead to permanent discoloration of sensitive materials such as carpeting, textiles, wood, and metals.

    Mitigating damages may involve carpet cleaning, and it may also involve things such as mold removal as well. Why would there be mold in your home after a fire? If there has been a wildfire, the fire extinguishing process can cause mold and mildew to quickly form in your home. Water damage can be caused when a fire is put out, which is one reason why the mold and mildew remediation process should begin as soon as possible to minimize damages. It is common for us to utilize dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

    Another type of damage that can occur from a fire is rust and corrosion on metal surfaces. Air quality is also a major concern after a fire. Addressing smoke issues in your commercial or residential property is important to do quickly before surfaces have time to absorb so much smoke that furniture or other surfaces can no longer be saved from having a permanent odor. The sooner you reach out to a restoration professional, the higher the chances are for a complete restoration. 
  5. Soot & debris removal — Before we can begin with fire damage or water damage restoration, we remove all debris and soot from the home. The longer soot remains in your home, the more damage it can cause, while debris will only get in the way of the restoration process. Removing these will also help improve air quality and the smell of smoke. One thing that sets SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui apart from all other fire restoration companies in Maui & on the Big Island is our thorough, multifaceted cleaning services. Read more about our cleaning services here.
  6. Cleaning & sanitizing — Deep cleaning, stain removal, sanitizing, and deodorizing are all important parts of any restoration. Depending on how deeply the smoke has penetrated surfaces will determine which type of cleaning product and processes are used. Carpets, curtains, and other types of fabrics typically call for extra attention to prevent them from being ruined. We will typically be able to tell if an item can be restored or not after the initial inspections. 
  7. Repairs & renovation — After cleaning and sanitizing your property, it is finally ready to undergo repairs and restoration. 
  • Walls are repainted (after we scrape off blistering paint on ceilings and walls)
  • Wood surface are re-sealed or striped, sanded, and refinished
  • Anything else that can be repaired is repaired

    The tragedy of a fire is often a good impetus for renovating your property. Sometimes the damage is so extensive that it’s the best option anyway. The act of renovating a property after serious fire damage is like a rebirth; it’s a chance to distance yourself from the traumatic experience and recreate your house anew. The experienced contractors at SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui are able to work with you every step of the way to get your property as good as or better than it was before the fire. 

Schedule a Fire Damage Restoration Consultation

The process of restoring your home or business after fire damage will depend on the severity of the damages along with many other factors. We hope this guide has given you a general idea of what the process will look like, however. Fire damage restoration involves a whole a lot more than simply having everything the fire touched cleaned and repaired. Fire can impact almost every part of your home, from your foundation to your shingles. 

Knowing what to keep and what to get rid of can be tough to do on your own. You want to keep as much as possible, but some things are too far gone to be repaired. Hire a company that offers the tools and abilities you need to get as much of your home back as possible after fire damage. SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui, serving Maui & the Big Island, is here to take care of your entire property restoration for you. We take care of the entire home for you. Contact us ASAP so we can get started restoring your home now! We offer free consultations for home and business owners — obligation-free. Call now to get started or find answers to any of your questions.

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