A house fire is a disaster that no one is ever prepared to experience. A lifetime of memories can be destroyed by widespread fire damage, water damage, smoke damage, and loss of furnishings, appliances, valuables, family treasures, and other personal property. When the fire department releases the property back to you, the process of fire restoration begins. The fire damage restoration process includes these 6 Steps: inspection and estimate, determining the source and location of damage, demolition, cleanup, and restoration.
The initial step involves an analysis with immediate actions to minimize further damage. Homeowners are advised to contact their insurance if they have not already done so. Assistance can be provided to help with temporary relocation and insurance claims.
Fire damage, water damage, and smoke damage are three expected consequences of a house fire. If water damage is present for over 36-72 hours, mold damage may also be present. High-tech infrared thermal imaging is used to detect water damage that is hidden from sight. From there, a determination is made about the salvageability of water-damaged building structures, cabinets, furnishings and personal property. When it is possible to save these items, structural drying and dehumidification are begun.
During demolition, items that cannot be salvaged are discarded. This often includes building structures, cabinets, fixtures, appliances, furnishings and personal items that are damaged beyond repair. Containment methods are used to protect property that can be saved.
The needs for cleanup depend upon the extent of damage, demolition, and preservation of contents. Specialized cleaning methods are used for restoration of salvaged ceilings, walls, fixtures, lighting, doors and windows, cabinets, and all saved contents. The HVAC duct system is cleaned and deodorized. Bedding is cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. Upholstered furnishings and window treatments are hand-cleaned. Restorative steam or dry-cleaning methods are used for refurbishing wall-to-wall and area carpets and fine oriental rugs.
Ozone or Thermo Fogging are used to eliminate smoke odor from soft surfaces and structural materials.
Restoration is the final step when your home or property is restored to its pre-loss condition. This often involves the installation of new drywall, flooring, baseboards, and ceiling tiles. Depending upon your budget and preferences, you may choose to update your kitchen, bathrooms, and other affected parts of your home. Restoration is also a time for repairs and/or replacement of lighting, fans, appliances, tile, furnishings, window treatments, electronics, bedding and other items damaged beyond repair.
Costs are based on the extent, location, and type of damage – all factors affecting the scope and requirements of cleanup and restoration. Costs include specialized cleaning as well as repairs, and replacement of building structures, flooring, and other materials, appliances, and property removed and discarded.
If you are in the Southwest Florida area, keep in mind that Armstrong Water Mold Cleanup & Restorations is a specialty full-service Florida general contractor, specializing in fire damage, water damage repairs and mold remediation.
Armstrong is one of only a few companies trusted and recommended by leading homeowners insurance companies because we follow IICRC standards that assure safe and appropriate practices without overcharging for unnecessary and costly demolition and restoration. We work directly with your insurance. Our detailed documents that accurately define replacement needs and costs expedite claims and maximize your benefits for covered expenses.
Armstrong is about helping people to get through one of their most difficult challenges in the best possible way. We want to introduce you to one stop total peace of mind service – the most complete, comprehensive 24/7 customer service in the area today.
We are reachable 24/7 to inspect and solve water damage and mold problems. The mold inspection and estimate are free. Call 239-541-4200 or contact us at ArmstrongWaterMoldCleanup.com
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