24/7 Rapid Response Disaster Service
Sometimes even a seemingly small can cause large problems. Beyond the damage caused by the flames themselves, soot and other tiny particles can travel through the air to settle on other far-flung surfaces of a property. Smoke stains, water damage, and sodium bicarbonate from fire extinguishers can also cause damage and leave powerful lingering odors behind.
A more serious fire is even more likely to require the services of the fire department or engage an overhead sprinkler system. This can leave enormous amounts of water behind. In some cases, where a fire might be hard to access or difficult to extinguish the firefighters might need to break windows, break down doors, and open-up walls.
Once a property has been compromised by fire, smoke, or water, it starts a clock ticking. The longer you wait to seek remediation and restoration services the more likely you are to encounter further complications. This is why Building Services offers our 24/7 rapid response disaster service to help mitigate the damage caused by fire, smoke, and water.
The Fire, Smoke, and Water Damage Restoration Process
When we are called into a fire damage scene, our technicians get immediately to work. The process starts with an initial evaluation to assess the extent of the damage. Our extensive experience in this area allows us to factor this information into a relatively accurate cost estimate.
Once we have your approval, our technicians will get to work securing the area. This might include boarding up windows and doors, as well as securing tarps to prevent weather intrusion.
This phase of the process might also include water extraction to start the process of drying out the area. When necessary we can also disperse deodorizers to minimize the smell left behind.
Water extraction might involve pumping or vacuuming out any lingering water. This can also help to extricate any leftover fire extinguisher discharge. At Building Services, we use professional-grade air movers in conjunction with commercial grade dehumidifiers to rapidly dry out areas and materials that might be salvageable. This also helps to reduce the chances of a water-based mold problem developing in the future.
Just how long it takes for the affected area to dry out can vary depending on the size, damage, and the amount of water that was used. It’s not uncommon for it to take several days to thoroughly dry out a serious fire and water damaged area.
There are different types of damage that can occur in a single fire event.
Professional Reconstruction Assistance
Reconstruction or rebuilding is the final step in the fire damage restoration process. This might involve things like:
Repainting walls and ceilings
Replacing damaged windows
Refinishing or replacing cabinets and counters
Refinishing hardwood floors
Applying mold preventive measures on porous surfaces
If more serious structural damage has occurred or your roof was compromised a dedicated account manager can coordinate reconstruction efforts with your building’s maintenance staff or third-party contractors.
We will also be able to provide you with all the necessary documentation your insurance provider will request. This will help them to process your claim quickly.