Built Restoration provides turn-key fire damage restoration services in the Charlotte, NC area. Repairing your home after fire and smoke damage requires extensive knowledge regarding chemical treatments, odor removal techniques, duct cleaning, structural repair, pack out, and contents cleaning.
We take great pride in the fact that Charlotte Fire Department refers our company to many homeowners in our area after they experience damage to their home. As anyone who has ever experienced fire damage in their home can attest the actual repairs to your home are only one small piece of the experience.
Our most common service calls regarding fire and smoke damage include the following:
- Grease fire/ cooking fire (often referred to as a protein fire)
- Contents pack out and cleaning
- Structural and framing repairs
- Odor removal
- Board up and tarping
- Turn-key restoration (sealing/painting, drywall, carpentry, etc.)
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER IMMEDIATELY AFTER A FIRE:
- Remove irreplaceable items that cannot be replaced as soon as possible from the property (photographs, wedding dresses, antiques).
- Secondary damage can occur to your home after the fire department leaves. Often times large amounts of water are required to extinguish the fire and this combined with the smoke/soot will cause as much damage as the fire itself.
- Contact an IICRC Certified Firm that has been properly trained in fire restoration protocol. Experience working with insurance companies and adjusters will expedite your repair process and get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER DURING PACK OUT AFTER FIRE DAMAGE:
- Even a small fire in your home can cause extensive damage (odor damage and soot damage are prevalent in these situations)
- While the heat from a fire will cause structural damage it is not unusual for smoke and soot to be the most devastating aspect of damage.
- Building materials will respond differently the longer they are covered in smoke and soot. Some items that are “cleanable” will oxidize and become unsalvageable if not responded to.
- Due to the chemical nature of building materials and plastics burning in a structure Built Restoration recommends an air scrubber and personal protective equipment (including respirators) be used during post fire inspection.
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN CLEANING YOUR HOME AFTER A FIRE:
- Cleaning building materials properly is extremely important-don’t think that you can simply “seal” an odor by painting over it.
- An improper structural cleaning after a fire will be reflected in the overall quality of the restoration work. Sealing soot, smoke, and debris in between paint can cause additional costs’ to remove and remediate as well as cause odor issues in the future.
KEY POINTS TO CONSIDER DURING FIRE DAMAGE REPAIRS:
- After an estimate is approved by your insurance company making selections as quickly as possible will help keep the repair process moving along as quickly as possible.
- Repairing your home after fire damage has a lot of “moving parts” and a specific order of events is necessary. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by the process.
- Typically insurance policies will cover the additional expenses associated with the costs of temporary housing, increased food costs, clothing, and even pet care. We will work as efficiently as possible to repair your home and keep your handling adjuster up to date on the process.