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Fire & Smoke Mitigation

US Restoration is ready to respond to your loss in the event of a fire.  Our fire damage restoration experts will arrive on-site as soon as the local Fire Marshall declares it safe for us to do so.  We’ll assess the damage, secure the building, and document what it takes to restore your home.  We’ll work with you and your insurance company to minimize any problems and get you back in your home as soon as possible.

The Fire Restoration Process

  • Inspection and Assessment

  • Secure the Building

  • Water Removal and Environmental Drying

  • Remove Smoke and Soot

  • Clean and Sanitize all Surfaces

  • Building Restoration – Replacing Building Elements Lost to the Fire

Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire  Getting Soot and Smoke Out

You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts or creating further damage.  Contact your insurance agency immediately once the fire is out. He or she can provide advice on restoration or replacement of damaged items. If you rent, notify the owner so both of you can assess the damage.

Avoid Making the Fire Damage Worse

  • Don’t attempt to clean walls and upholstery without knowing how to do so properly.  You risk spreading soot and setting odors.

  • Don’t attempt to clean or operate appliances and other electrical devices before they have been inspected by a fire restoration professional.

  • Don’t use ceiling fans to circulate air if the nearby ceiling and walls have suffered fire or water damage.  They might be electrical hazzards!

  • Don’t send fabrics to an ordinary dry cleaner.  Improper cleaning might make smoke odor permanent.

Your Insurance Company Might Recommend a Restoration Company

There are a few things you might be able to do to minimize fire damage on your own:

  • Be sure you have permission from your Fire Marshall to safely re-enter your home before doing anything.  You should not, under any circumstances, enter a fire damaged building if it is structurally unsound or services have not been turned off.

  • Get the air moving. Open windows to ventilate areas. Bring in a generator and install a fan to circulate air.  Any chemicals or particulates that can be exhausted from the house do not need to be removed chemically.

  • If there has been substantial water damage and the weather is warm, you will probably need to keep the windows shut and run a dehumidifier.  You need to dry out the indoor space to prevent mold growth.

  • In cold weather, open the windows and use the cold air to assist in drying.

  • Change your furnace filter daily until it shows no soot.

  • Brass and copper items should be cleaned using brass or copper cleaner (smoke can etch brass or copper in 24 hours).

  • Place aluminum foil or plastic food wrap under furniture legs.

  • Remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.

  • Cover dry, clean items with plastic while repairs are in progress.

Why Choose US Restoration to Help with your Fire Damage?

We are experts in fire restoration of your home or commercial business.  We’ll inspect the damages and create a fire restoration plan that minimizes your loss and speeds up your restoration time.  We’ll work with you and your insurance company every step of the way.  

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