There are few consequences of a natural disaster more traumatic than fire damage cleanup. In most cases, a fire will leave at least a small portion of the home completely destroyed while the rest is likely to be damaged by water, odor, and soot. When a fire engulfs a property, it is capable of razing it to the ground in minutes, despite the best efforts of the fire department.
Even when they make it on time, there is little they can do to prevent a significant degree of damage. Resicom has the experience and training to come to the rescue for businesses and homeowners that need desperately need fire damage restoration.
The Fire Department recommended that we board up our home. Is that something that you can do?
Yes, that is something we can do. Resicom Building and Disaster Restoration works 24/7 around the clock and has an experienced board up crew to secure your home or business after the fire is handled.
If the fire was small and only affected a small area, do we really need professional cleanup?
Building materials that have sustained fire damage can be identified easily, but in general most of the restoration and clean work is related to soot and smoke cleanup. Officials of fire safety and building code have spent significant resources over several decades to understand the effects of soot and smoke on residential and commercial buildings.
Numerous controlled experiments highlighted the effects of smoke and how quickly it spreads through tiny openings and crevices in the home. It only takes a few seconds before all windows, light fixtures, cabinets, ceilings, walls, and furniture is coated with soot and smoke. In just a few minutes, all flat surfaces will be covered with a heavy layer of soot, and thick smoke will enter and coat delicate circuit boards, appliances and electronics, wall cavities, switches, and inside outlets.
This clearly shows that even if you do manage to put out the fire quickly, the smoke and soot will penetrate your house and absorb into window coverings, bedding, carpeting, and clothing. Your home and personal belongings will sustain major damage, even from a small fire, and there will be lingering odors in the home if it hasn’t been professionally cleaned.
Our fire was not very big. Can we clean it up ourselves?
It is recommended that if you want the best results for cleaning up fire damage, you should always consult with experts. You don’t want residues left behind, and must use the right cleaning agent, to appropriate clean your home from all smoke and soot. This will require the use of chemicals, which must be applied with proper equipment. At Resicom Building and Restoration, we work with industry professionals, and use an extensive array of cleaning products that are designed to complete restore your belongings and property after a fire.
The fire department put out the fire but now we have a lot of water in the house. What should we do?
It is quite common that your home takes on water damage after a fire, but that isn’t a problem for us since we are experienced in structural drying and water restoration. We work diligently to ensure your home doesn’t have any mold issues or water damage after the fire has been put out.
Can my family stay in our home during the restoration effort?
This generally depends on your comfort level, the layout of your house, and the scope of damage. You can discuss this with the restoration contractor, and ask them the following questions:
- Does your policy provide off-site housing?
- What rooms did the fire and smoke affect?
You may want to think about alternative living arrangements for a period, if the bathroom, or kitchen has sustained damage and there is significant water damage on the property.
Is it worth the potential hassle to stay at the house?
It isn’t going to be the ideal scenario, since there is going to be a lot of activity going on in the home, because of the cleanup and restoration work. There are going to be privacy issues, due to people coming in and out of the house, there will be equipment running, and chemicals applied in certain areas. It is also going to take some time, since removing smoke odor and restoring your entire home to its original condition isn’t simple.
If we hire Resicom to clean up the smoke and soot damage, will you also put my home back together or can I choose my own general contractor?
Yes, we can help restore your home back to its original condition without any glitches. At Resicom Building and Restoration, we work with only the best in the industry. We have partnered with licensed and insured local contractors, who specialize in flooring, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, painting, framing, drywall, plaster, etc. We have been working with them for several years and can guarantee 100% satisfaction in every aspect of fire damage restoration for your commercial or residential property.
We have project managers, who will work alongside you and will handle your case with the insurance company on your behalf. This will allow you to relax knowing that a professional is handling all the paperwork and dealing with everything related to the project.
How long will the cleanup and restoration process take?
The length of time it takes for the restoration and cleanup process depends on the scope of damage your property has sustained. It can range from 10 to 20 days for small fires and may even go to 4 to 6 months if there has been a large fire. In any case, you must be patient, if you want the best results for the cleanup and restoration of your home.
It isn’t uncommon to find that most fire scenes have been locked by local authorities, who want to conduct their own documentation and investigation. The insurance company will also want to review the damage first-hand and may have their own investigation to determine the cause and review the policy to find how much coverage you will obtain.
Our initial estimates will also need to be approved and reviewed by your insurance company, before we begin working on your home. Once everything has been approved, we will share our work plan with you, and set up target dates for every major restoration step in the project.
I have heard there are different “types” of fires. Are all fires alike?
No! Every fire is different, because the fuel and source of fire needs to be considered before any restoration project is put into practice. Every residential or commercial property contains multiple materials that can catch fire and come with their own unique restoration and cleaning challenges. We have listed categories of smoke and fire damage below:
- Natural substance smoke residue
- Natural burning items are wood, paper, and other items that contain them. The smoke residue is going to be gray or black in color, and requires a dry chemical sponge, appropriate chemicals and a special vacuum to be cleaned. Most smoke particles are .004 microns in size, which is so small it can go in any wall cavity. The smoke particles may not bother you in wall cavities, but they will cause smoke odor. These particles will need to be removed to resolve smoke odor in the house, which can be done through ozone, thermal fogging, and other processes.
- Protein substance smoke residue
- Proteins, like beef and chicken make a greasy mess when burned. The smoke residue from protein substance must be cleaned by trained professionals with experience in properly cleaning protein residue.
- Synthetic substance smoke residue
- Any derivative of plastic or type of plastic will leave a smeary or chalky reside, which is extremely complex to clean, and must be done through proper techniques, training, and equipment.
- Oil burner malfunction residue
- Oil burner misfiring can result in a puff-back residue, which is essentially partially burned oil emitted in the HVAC system, which can result in the residue being distributed all over the home.
Can you reconstruct my home after a fire?
Absolutely. We can handle all types of property restoration projects, since we have an experienced construction crew. It doesn’t matter how extensive the damage was, you can trust us to completely restore your home and bring it back to its original condition.
The fire didn’t do much damage, but now my whole house smells like smoke—can you do anything about it?
Yes. At Resicom Building and Restoration, we use cutting-edge structural cleaning and deodorization equipment. This allows our fire restoration crew to work safely and effectively to eliminate all odors and remove smoke residue from the house.
My home was burnt by a fire and then flooded by the water used to put it out. Will I have to call multiple contractors to clean up all the damage?
No, you don’t need to do that. Resicom is a full-service disaster restoration and construction company with sophisticated equipment and experience crews that can handle any type of fire damage. We can reconstruct your property, restore damaged items, clean-up debris, and extract standing water as well.
What is the first thing I should do after a fire?
You should contact Resicom Building and Restoration to start the recovery process and offer documentation of the fire damage. We are a full-service fire damage restoration service, with experience in multiple projects, and can walk you the restoration process.
How do I secure my property after the fire?
A lot of restoration companies offer board-up services that protect against theft. At Resicom we offer a proper board-up of your property and use secure locks to prevent any break-ins on your property.
Do I need to move out of my property during the whole process?
This is entirely up to you, but we would recommend that you move out of your property during the restoration process, since there is going to be a lot of activity going around. There is going to be noise from the equipment, odors in the home, and even issues with water. It also depends on the extent of the fire damage your property has sustained, and we advise all our customers to move out, until their property has been restored back to its original condition.
Can I inspect my house after the fire?
No. You shouldn’t inspect your home by yourself, since there are too many risks of checking the fire damage yourself. You must always consult a professional, because legally only an industrial hygienist or structural engineer should check fire damage.
Do I really need professional clean-up if the fire was small?
Yes. In most fire damage cases, the toughest part is cleaning the smoke and soot. Even the smallest of fires can leave lingering odors and cause major damage in minutes. That requires professional clean-up, because the fire, soot, and smoke, can cause permanent damage if not cleaned properly. This will require professional expertise and special tools to effectively restore the home back to its original condition.
When inspecting my home following a storm, what should I look for specifically?
The most important thing you must inspect after a storm is whether you have portable water, and all your appliances and utilities are working effectively. You should inspect the perimeter of the house, and picture any damage to the landscaping, outbuildings, garage, fences, decks, windows, roofing, and siding. You should also look for structural damage and signs of water leaks inside the home, while you must also document any damage to furniture or electronics in the home.
What types of severe weather can cause damage?
There is massive potential for severe weather damage in the Midwest throughout the year. These risks include the following:
- Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms cause flash flooding and downed power lines and trees.
- Lightning strikes cause power surges and home fires
- High winds and tornadoes cause exterior damage to a property’s windows, landscaping, siding, and roof. Strong tornadoes and storms can also cause complete destruction of a property.
- Ice storms and hail cause broken windows, roof damage, and exterior damage to homes.
- Ice dams and freezing weather cause damage to siding, gutters, and roof, frozen/burst pipes, and water damage inside the home.
- Heavy snowfall leads to potential flooding when snow melts, downed trees and branches, roof damage, and cause the gutters to pull away or bend from the home.
What kind of temp roofing options are there, and how are they installed and removed?
Resicom Building and Restoration offers special tarping to protect the roof of homes from water leaks, debris entering, and further damage. We have experienced and trained professionals, who will install and remove temporary roofing in all areas affected by the storm.
What is included in your Fire Damage Restoration Service?
We offer an extensive array of fire damage restoration services to clients, which include:
- Structural Reconstruction
- Water extraction
- Smoke Damage
- Emergency Services
- Board-up Services
Other than repairing home or commercial property, what else can you do?
We offer all phases of construction for restoring residential and commercial properties to their original condition after sustain wind, fire, or water damage. Our services include garages, kitchen/bath, additions, finished basements, media rooms, ceramic tile design, and emergency board-up services.
Our services include design build, custom design, interior design, green construction options and architectural design services for residential and commercial properties.
Will you assist me with my insurance claim?
Yes, we will help you with all insurance claims. You must sign an authorization form that identifies us as the contractor your selected, and we will begin the negotiation process with the insurance company. When we reach a settlement, you will be issued a check.
Please note, that the insurance company will only issue the payment to the policyholder, unless you have a signed document that states otherwise.
When does your work begin?
Our storm, water, or fire restoration service will begin when the client/insurance company agree with the price and scope of the project.