The Steps to a Speedy Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration Process
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there is a fire department situated somewhere in the United States that responds to a fire every 24 seconds. A fire can be a frustrating experience, and the thought of restoring fire-damaged property can be overwhelming. It is restoration experts who are largely tasked with returning structures to their original state. Fire restoration entails cleaning up and the process can take weeks or months, considering the destructive nature of the disaster.
The process may also involve demolition, property board, and reconstruction on top of projects such as soot removal, removing disturbing hazards, and debris mitigation. Notably, fire and water damage often occur concurrently. This is because the structure is doused with water while the fire department strives to extinguish the inferno. Sometimes pipes burst during the fire which leaks water into the property. The following are steps of how the fire damage restoration process is performed:
Damage AssessmentInvolves a contractor evaluating the damage sustained in the fire and how smoke and flames penetrated the structure.
Security of Property and Removing DebrisThe next step includes installing fencing around the structure and boarding up openings in the property.
Water mitigation and dry-outThe objective is to circumvent further damage caused by corrosion or mold by removing water. Personal property will be removed from the interior of the structure and roof tarps maintained during this phase of restoration.
Smoke removal and Clean UpThis is the most intensive part of a fire damage restoration task. There is a lot of manual labor to clean soot and smoke from interior and exterior surfaces.
Construction and RestorationThis is the final step in returning the structure to its original condition. Some parts of the structure may be totally unsalvageable during the initial evaluation, and therefore have to be removed and replaced.
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