Few disasters can give homeowners nightmares like a fire. The flames instantly engulf anything in its path and once they are extinguished, the soot and corrosive byproducts left over will spread even more damage. In just 72 hours, these byproducts can leave the affected furnishings and structures in your home permanently damaged. RestorationMaster provides fire and smoke damage restoration for homes and businesses in Jacksonville, FL. We will contain the spread of corrosive materials to limit the damage and repair or restore the damaged materials.
Most homes and buildings are filled with synthetic materials which not only burn up quickly, but also release corrosive byproducts when burned that cause additional damage. This is why it is so important to begin the restoration once the fire is out. These corrosive byproducts, as well as soot from the smoke, continue to settle after the fire is extinguished and the tarnishing and etching they cause can quickly become permanent. Our technicians use advanced equipment and powerful chemical cleaning products to remove tarnishing and etching from aluminum, marble, brass, chrome, tile, porcelain, carpeting, upholstery, and other household surfaces.
Our basic fire damage restoration services consist of the following 5 steps:
- Emergency pre-cleaning
- Content cleaning
- Content pack-out
- Wall and ceiling cleaning
- Odor removal
Fires often cause many different layers of damage that can complicate the restoration process. RestorationMaster is prepared to provide these special services as part of our fire damage restoration:
- Structural Drying
- Carpet Drying
- Document Drying
- Smoke Odor Removal
- Emergency Board-ups
- Pack-out Cleaning and Storage
- Debris Removal
- Drywall Replacement
- Mold Removal
Smoke Damage Restoration
Smoke is perhaps the most damaging aspect of a fire because it spreads to areas that were unaffected by the flames and the soot can continue to damage surfaces and materials after the fire is out. Soot is not the only byproduct of smoke that can cause damage, smoke also leaves behind an oily residue that can affect your walls, ceilings, and furnishings. If either soot damage or damage from smoke residue is not cleaned or restore quickly enough, the affected materials will become permanently damaged. We can provide effective smoke damage restoration that includes removing soot and residue from affected surfaces and materials with powerful cleaning products.
The other major issue caused by smoke is the odor. Porous building materials absorb smoke odors which makes it extremely difficult to remove from your home. RestorationMaster can remove smoke odors from affected materials and the air space using advanced deodorization equipment and techniques.
A fire in a home or office seriously threatens the safety of those within. When a fire occurs, you must first make sure everyone has been evacuated safely. Once you can confirm the safety of those involved, you must immediately turn your attention to the restoration.
The technicians of RestorationMaster are standing by to provide expert fire damage restoration services for homes and businesses in Jacksonville, FL. You can call us 24 hours a day at (904) 559-3223 for emergency fire damage restoration.
Answers to your Top Fire Questions
Q: Can fire damage affect the structural integrity of my property, and how can I address it?
A: Yes, fire damage can indeed affect the structural integrity of a property. High temperatures can weaken or compromise the structural components such as walls, floors, beams, and supports. To address this, it is essential to have a professional structural assessment conducted by a qualified engineer or contractor. They can identify any structural damage and recommend necessary repairs or reinforcements to restore the integrity of the property.
Q: How does fire damage restoration address smoke and soot residue?
A: Fire damage restoration includes thorough cleaning and removal of smoke and soot residue from surfaces and belongings. Restoration professionals utilize specialized techniques and equipment to clean and deodorize affected areas. This may involve using specialized cleaning agents, thermal fogging, ozone treatments, or other appropriate methods to eliminate smoke odors and restore the affected spaces to pre-fire condition.
Q: What are the potential health risks associated with fire damage and the restoration process?
- Smoke and Soot Inhalation: Inhalation of smoke and soot particles can irritate the respiratory system and lead to respiratory distress, coughing, wheezing, or exacerbation of pre-existing respiratory conditions. Smoke may contain harmful chemicals, toxins, and particulate matter that can be hazardous to health.
- Chemical Exposure: Fires can release hazardous chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic substances, from burning materials, building materials, and household products. Exposure to these chemicals can cause respiratory irritation, skin reactions, or other health issues.
- Mold Growth: Water used to extinguish the fire can contribute to excess moisture and create conditions suitable for mold growth. Mold spores can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and other health issues, especially in individuals with pre-existing sensitivities or compromised immune systems.
- Asbestos and Lead Exposure: Older properties may contain asbestos and lead-based materials. Fire damage and subsequent restoration efforts can disturb these materials, releasing hazardous particles into the air. Inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers or lead particles can lead to serious health problems.
- Structural Instability: Fire damage can compromise the structural integrity of a building, making it unsafe for occupancy. Collapsing walls, weakened floors, or other structural hazards can pose risks of injury during the restoration process.