When a fire occurs, the fire department arrives, breaks windows and doors, sprays your property with lots of water, and leaves. You’re left to figure out what to do next. After a fire, the structure of your property is potentially unstable and hazardous. Don’t go back in. Leave the property as quickly as possible.
A fire can be tremendously destructive. In addition to disintegrated belongings and building materials and smoke and soot damage, there’s damage caused by hundreds or thousands of gallons of water used to put out the fire.
The damage to your home, business or rental property may be more than meets the eye. Smoke spreads easily and rapidly, leaving soot behind. Soot can be found under the sub-floor, in attics, inside cabinets, behind drywall, and even in heating and air conditioning units, which can spread soot to unaffected areas. Soot residues are often thick and smeary with pungent odors.
Smoke can penetrate porous surfaces including wood, carpet and fabrics. It can also stick to materials like metal or aluminum. The odor of smoke isn’t easy to eliminate because, like soot, it often infiltrates hard to find places. Effective removal involves in-depth cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing, and repeating.
In addition to saturating furniture, flooring and building materials, water damage can cause mold, which can lead to serious health risks and structural damage due to dry rot. This kind of damage demands immediate attention, as it gets more costly as time passes.
Respiratory problems such as asthma can be caused by the smoke and soot from fire damage, and the mold from water damage. Soot is a carcinogen, which means it can cause cancer. Smoke can constrain your ability to breathe and cause you to faint if you inhale it for too long. Heat remaining from the fire can be very dangerous because of the potential of the fire restarting.
Putting Your Worries to Rest
All of these issues can cause severe distress. From assessing your insurance coverage and educating you about potential dangers, to boarding up your home to prevent vandalism and laying out every step of the restoration process, we do everything we can to extinguish your worries.
The PRC Fire Damage Restoration & Remediation Procedure:
- We immediately ensure your safety will immediately inspect the damage
- We board up the property if necessary
- We assess water and fire damage and devise a restoration plan
- We install ventilation
- For undamaged items, we inspect, photograph, itemize, carefully package, and move them to our secure, climate controlled facilities
- We contain the damaged area
- We remove soot and ash
- We perform water removal and drying procedures. We do remediation on damaged materials and contaminated surfaces
- We carry out content restoration to renew damaged yet salvageable items such as clothing, art and antiques
- We do full reconstruction if needed