Fire Damage Overview

Every year, thousands of homes suffer from fire, soot or smoke damage. If this happens to you, it is critical to contact a company that is experienced in fire damage restoration as soon as possible to prevent additional damage.

At NorthEastern, fire damage restoration is one of our core services. For more than four years, we have restored homes and personal belongings from losses ranging from furnace “puff backs” to major structure fires to water damage from firefighting efforts. Our licensed contractors have the expertise, experience and, above all, empathy for homeowners who have experienced a house fire.

We understand how different materials react to fire, heat and smoke and what steps to take to minimize the damage, clean and repair your property and contents. We perform the necessary services required by your insurance company and work with the local fire and police departments to preserve, protect and secure your home from further damage.

In this traumatic situation, you just want you home back to the way it was. NorthEastern has the compassion and know-how to make this happen.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services include:

  • 24/7 emergency services – onsite and assisting you within a few hours
  • Prompt damage assessment and estimate from trained professionals
  • Emergency board up and structural stabilization
  • Environmentally friendly methods used in cleaning soot and other residue resulting from fire damage
  • Smoke odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Careful inventorying and removal of damaged household goods, personal possessions and other contents for cleaning and restoration
  • Industrial grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment used to efficiently remove water resulting from fire extinguishing efforts
  • Reconstruction of the affected areas
  • Disinfectants and antimicrobials used to prevent mold and mildew
  • Assistance with the insurance claims process

Our Process

So What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?

It depends in part on the fire damage as to what will be involved in fire damage restoration in terms of time, effort, and otherwise. However, there are a few basic steps necessary to ensure your safety and overall satisfaction with a home that looks like new, like it should have before any suffered fire damage, no matter the cause or reason.

  1. Remove all damaged cells. Any structural component that has suffered serious fire damage is not going to be fixed with some glue and a good coat of new paint. And trying to do a patch work job in fire damage restoration can actually do more damage than good in the long run. Therefore, we remove all structural components that have been damaged in the fire.
  2. Remove floor coverings. When it comes to fire damage restoration, you have to remove these as they can collect soot, dust, and it can cover other damage that needs to be properly evaluated.
  3. Evaluate the structural framing and subfloor material. Once we have removed the carpeting, damaged structural cells, we can do a full evaluation of the subfloor material and other things that you do not see every day to complete a full and helpful evaluation for comprehensive fire damage restoration that won’t have to be fixed later on.
  4. Treat wall framing with odor counteractants. There are cases in which the framing can be saved, and it can therefore save you time, money, and suffering. In this case, we will do what is needed using the appropriate odor counteractants to make sure that there is no microbial contamination or other things that may harm your health or your house in the future.
  5. Remove or restore the HVAC. This is absolutely critical to real success. The HVAC, depending on the extent of the damage, must be carefully evaluated and thoroughly restored or removed all together depending on the particular case. This will eliminate harmful dust and char particles in the air that could cause scarring or even scarring of the alveoli.

Those are the basic steps of fire damage restoration. But there is so much more involved. We take all the best safety precautions while checking each individual room for its fire damage restoration needs. We air out structures, paint walls, salvage lightly damaged structures and replace those that need to be replaced. With our fire damage restoration services, it won’t be the odor alone that you will never have to see the evidence of. Our goal in fire damage restoration services is to make it like the fire never even happened in the first place.

Tips & Warnings

After fire damage, it is natural to want to clean a building and its contents. Timely action can be a great help, but incorrect or delayed action can jeopardize or seriously impede satisfactory restoration.

Do This… Don’t Do This…
 

Clear and protect chrome trim on kitchen appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or other oil. Blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapery and carpet; open windows for ventilation.

Changes furnace filter if blower is operating.

Empty freezer and refrigerator completely if electricity is off, and prop doors open with a rolled towel or newspaper.

Clean and protect smoked bathroom faucets, tub fittings and towel bars with light coating of oil.

Pour antifreeze in toilet bowls, sinks, and tubs to prevent freezing if heat is off in winter.

Call plumber to drain heating system if heat is off in winter.

Wash plants with water on both sides of leaves (water softener helps).

Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environments.

 

Wipe or attempt to was walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.

Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.

Use exposed food items, or canned goods which have been subjected to excessive heat.

Use TVs, stereos, or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked.

Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke and odor.