Fire Damage Restoration in Hartford county
Providing fire, smoke and soot damage repair
When it comes to fire damage, one thing is absolutely certain: no two scenarios are alike. Every fire is unique in its cause, composition, size, and waste; some fires can involve more than 100 complex chemical reactions! How these factors arise will affect how the fire damage restoration is conducted. Your safety is a number one concern as you attempt to return life to normal. This is why we carefully design a fire damage cleanup plan that takes the dangers of structural damage, residual smoke, and other hazards into account.
At ServiceMaster Apple Valley, we offer mitigation and restoration to homeowners and property managers to restore the original state of their fire-damaged home. Each estimate includes a written quote, a professional inspection, and an on-site consultation where we address any questions you may have.
damage restoration solutions for:
- Fire Damage
- Smoke Damage & Soot Damage
- Odor Removal
- Firefighting Water Damage
- Mold & Rot Damage: Within 24-48 hours of the water saturation required to extinguish a fire, mold will begin to grow.
- Cleaning Up Hazardous Materials
Fire will char anything it touches. Noncombustible objects may melt, and paint and wallpaper will peel. Some fires leave corrosive substances behind when they're extinguished that can damage wood, plastic, metal, and other substances. We recommend that only professionals should handle objects damaged by fire to avoid inhaling fumes or handling toxic substances.
We Provide 24-Hour Emergency Service for Fire Damage Repair
Fire damage restoration is a multi-phase process, and it's vitally important that the process begins within hours of the damage. Mold damage can begin in as little as 24 hours after saturation of building materials. This damage can affect all organic surfaces, and can be much more expensive than the fire damage itself. Waiting even a single day to begin can greatly compound the damage, cost, and restoration time needed.
We specialize in fire damage restoration services, which includes clean-up and repairs for fire-related damages like smoke damage restoration and soot damage repair.
Fire Damage Tips
Even after the fire is doused and the smoke cleared, time is of the essence. To increase your chances of a complete recovery, call ServiceMaster Apple Valley as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to ensure a more successful restoration.
What to do after a fire has occurred:
- Call ServiceMaster ASAP. Corrosive byproducts from fire and smoke can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours.
- Air out your home by opening windows and doors to reduce smoke odor (assuming it's warm enough outside / if the temperature is above 60 degrees).
- Take a moment to clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
- Change the air filter on your furnace (if forced hot air).
- Tape damp cheesecloth over important documents to capture loose soot in the air.
- Discard any open food packages.
- If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
- Pack up clothing with heavy smoke damage to be restored by a qualified restoration dry cleaner we will provide.
Thousands of homeowners across the country have chosen ServiceMaster to handle disaster restoration in their home. Make sure you choose the professionals to return your home to it's natural beauty.
HVAC System Warning
Fire damage in your home leads to smoke and soot that gets into every nook and cranny of your home. This includes your HVAC system and air ducts.
Tiny particles that ended up in your HVAC system during the fire can lead to irritation in your lungs and possible scarring of the alveoli. Have an HVAC professional inspect your system after any fire. You may want to get your air ducts cleaned after you have them inspected for smoke and soot or other kinds of damage.
Professional fire restoration is key to maintain your home’s value
Homeowners and business owners are often anxious to begin the cleaning and restoration process immediately after the fire has been eliminated. However, unless they seek professional advice, they may be doing much more harm to the structure than good.
Our Hartford fire damage professionals are fully trained to address the fire damage in your home and create a plan that will eliminate odors and damage, restore your salvageable property, and minimize future disaster restoration damages to your home.
At ServiceMaster Apple Valley, our 24-hour emergency fire restoration service is available every day of the year. This ensures that we'll be on-site when you need us, helping you restore your structure quickly and competently. We also offer board-up services to secure the building and keep out unwanted intruders.
What can be salvaged after a fire?
In the aftermath of a fire, it can be difficult to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be replaced. However, with proper planning and the help of professionals, there are many items that can still be saved after a fire.
Safes or other containers made of metal alloys such as steel or titanium may be able to protect valuable items like jewelry or documents. As long as they were not directly exposed to flames for an extended period of time, electronics like computers, TVs, and gaming systems should also remain unscathed. In order to use these devices again, they will need professional cleaning since smoke residue is highly corrosive if left unchecked for too long.
Even if the surfaces of hardwood furniture have been charred by heat during the incident, they may still retain their structural integrity. Unless only minor portions were damaged by smoke damage, carpets usually can't withstand direct flame contact and will have to be replaced entirely. During fires, fabrics, curtains, and upholstery are often irreparably damaged beyond repair.
Finally, some appliances, such as ovens, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and HVAC systems, could work if they are properly cleaned by certified technicians. Whenever dealing with electrical components after a fire, always keep in mind that any wiring inside would have been compromised.
How can I prevent a fire in my home?
At ServiceMaster Apple Valley, we understand the devastating effects of a fire and the importance of fire damage restoration. However, we also believe in the power of prevention. By taking proactive measures to prevent fires in your home, you can keep your property and your loved ones safe.
Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk of a fire:
- Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and test them regularly.
- Keep combustible items, like curtains, clothing, and furniture, away from heat sources.
- Never leave cooking unattended, and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets and ensure cords are in good condition.
- Never smoke in bed or leave burning candles unattended.
- Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
By following these fire safety tips, you can minimize the chances of a fire occurring in your home. However, if a fire does happen, remember that ServiceMaster Apple Valley is here to provide 24-hour emergency service for fire damage repair. Our restoration experts have the skills and experience to handle the aftermath of a fire and restore your home to its pre-fire condition.