6 Steps for Restoring Fire Damaged Properties in Northern Lake County
When one of our customers calls for fire damage restoration, the team at SERVPRO of Gurnee springs to action to help make it "Like it never even happened." How do we do it? Here is a six step breakdown of a standard fire mitigation.
Before any work can be completed, we must be certain that the structure is safe to enter. Sometimes, a fire inspector must clear the site before any work may begin.
Inspection and Air Quality
Air quality is a major concern that will need to be addressed after a fire. Air scrubbers and air movers are utilized to clean the air and help remove airborne particles that could otherwise continue attaching to and staining surfaces and causing lingering odor. The restoration professional will then assess the work that needs to be completed next to mitigate water, smoke, and soot damage.
Before any water or fire mitigation can begin, soot and debris must be removed from the structure. Soot can cause additional damage the longer it remains on surfaces. It should be removed as quickly as possible along with any debris that will impede the remaining cleanup process. Soot and soot webs can be removed by sweeping and utilizing HEPA vacuums.
All items that are too damaged to repair should be removed from the structure as well as items that are to be restored, cleaned, and stored until the structure is fully restored and they may be moved back into the home or business.
Water Removal, Dehumidification, and Demolition
Standing water should be removed as soon as possible. Wet materials will then either be removed or dried in place utilizing air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers. Mold and mildew can grow quickly in these conditions, so professionally drying the structure is very important.
Some items will be unsalvageable after a fire. Others, however, will be able to be deep cleaned and deodorized. Restoration professionals will evaluate the contents of your home or business to make this determination. Priority items will be discussed with the property owner. Oftentimes, it may be more cost effective to replace a damaged item, but the item may hold sentimental value. In these cases, the decision might be made to attempt cleaning the item.
SERVPRO of Gurnee employs certified technicians who will assist with each step of the fire restoration process. If you suffer this type of loss, please call 847-838-2954 for assistance. We are here to help.