Restoring your home or business after fire damage is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in removing the water after firefighting efforts. Our trained team will assess the damage caused by the fire, and handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration. Our professionals will also deep-clean your property including soot removal from walls, carpets, and upholstery. They will also perform the smoke damage cleanup and the removal of the smoke odors.
SERVPRO is a Leader in Fire Damage Restoration
Smoke and soot can be toxic, creating a hazardous situation for your property. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke, and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up fire damage and remove the smell of smoke. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property.
Getting Back to Business Quickly After a Fire
Any disruption in business hurts your bottom line. Our fire damage restoration specialists can respond quickly and understand a business owner's unique issues after a fire. When faced with fire damage cleanup and smoke damage removal, our goal is to help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible.
When faced with a large commercial fire, SERVPRO's large loss teams can handle any sized fire damage and will work alongside our local SERVPRO experts.
Why You Can Trust SERVPRO After a Fire
24/7 Emergency Service
A fire can break out at any time, and our Customer Care Center is ready to take your call, day or night. Contact us -24/7 for fire cleanup, smoke damage, and fire damage restoration.
Highly Trained Fire and Water Restoration Specialists
Our fire damage restoration professionals have the expertise and equipment needed to get the job done to your satisfaction as quickly as possible.
#1 In the Fire Cleanup and Fire Damage Restoration Industry
We’re a trusted leader in the fire damage restoration industry.
Preferred Vendor Status
Easier Insurance Claims Process
What to Do After a Fire - Use Caution
While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key. Here are some tips to follow:
- Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house. Follow guidance from first responders.
- Watch for electrical hazards and debris.
- Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be very heavy. Wait for officials to clear the structure first.
- If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” the structure and help remove the smoke smell.
- Only take photos from a safe distance until officials have given the "all clear."
What To Do After a Fire:
Limit movement in the home to help prevent cross-contamination and further smoke damage from soot particles being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
Cover Traffic Areas
Empty Fridge & Freezer
What You Should Not Do After a Fire:
Don't Wash Walls or Carpet
Don't Clean Electrical Appliances
Don't Eat Soiled Food
Don't Turn On The Lights
Don't Clean Your Clothes
Don't Touch Soot Covered Items
Steps In Our Fire Restoration Process
Inspection & Fire Damage Assessment
Immediate Board-Up & Roof Tarp Service
Water Removal & Drying
Removal of Smoke & Soot From All Surfaces
Cleaning & Sanitizing
Repairs and Construction
Fire Damage FAQs
Not all fires result in the same level of damage. The extent of fire damage varies greatly depending on a number of factors, including:
- The source of the fire.
- How hot the fire got, and the amount of smoke created.
- How long the fire raged before intervention or firefighters stopped it.
- The amount of water or substance needed to extinguish the fire.
The severity of the fire situation greatly impacts the extent of damage. This can range from minor smoke and soot contained to just a portion of the home, to extensive structural damage that must be rebuilt. Once your home or business is deemed safe for entry, SERVPRO technicians will inspect and assess the level of damage to help determine the plan of action. We will categorize your fire damage upon inspection into one of three categories.
- Minor Fire Damage – Light to moderate smoke and soot was contained to just a portion of the building. Restoration needs include dry or wet cleaning and deodorization to walls, ceiling, floor and personal property, with little or no repainting. Very few items need replaced.
- Medium Fire Damage – Moderate smoke and soot requiring more aggressive cleaning and deodorization techniques to remove residue. More areas need repainting. Heat has caused more extensive damage to surfaces and materials which may require more items to need repair or replacement.
- Major Fire Damage – Severe fire damage to contents, finished surfaces and even structural framing. Smoke has infiltrated the majority of the building, and emergency intervention like board-up of windows and doors, or roof tarping, is required right away. Personal property items will likely need to be moved out of the structure for cleaning off-site. All remaining surfaces will be cleaned and deodorized in preparation for painting and repairs.
Surprisingly, many items subjected to heat, smoke, and soot can be cleaned and restored to their original state. SERVPRO team members are specially trained in methods that effectively remove extensive smoke and soot residues. Depending on the severity, we may move some items off-site to ensure a thorough cleaning and restoration in our state-of-the-art facilities. SERVPRO also staffs and maintains close relationships with industry experts who specialize in electronics restoration, dry cleaning of delicate fabrics, furniture repair and refinishing, artwork, and document restoration. However, know that some items burned by direct flame may not be salvageable.
There are five different services involved when a home or business is damaged by fire. Our technicians are specially trained to handle this complex process that aims to get you back in your property as soon as possible.
- Mitigation – We’ll secure your property to prevent further damage. Any openings to the home will be boarded up, bulk debris removed, and corrosion mitigation begun in order to increase the likelihood of restoration of sensitive surfaces. If water damage from firefighting efforts has occurred, we’ll work to remove water and begin the drying process.
- Structural Cleaning and Damaged Material Removal – Non-salvageable surfaces and materials will be carefully removed and disposed. Smoke residues will be removed from salvageable walls, ceilings, and structural components of the property.
- Contents Cleaning – Your personal property will receive expert focus, with cleaning taking place right there or off-site, depending on the situation.
- Specialty Restoration Services – If there is anything that requires special attention (electronics, art, furniture refinishing), we’ll ensure a specialist is tasked to complete the work.
- Reconstruction – Sometimes, we have to build back areas that were too damaged to restore.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover fire damage, including repairs to your home and its contents through dwelling and personal property coverage. You should also check your policy for personal liability or personal umbrella insurance, which may help cover a situation where a fire in your home spread to a neighboring residence.
SERVPRO will work closely with you and your insurance company to navigate through the claims process, helping to take the stress away from you as a property owner in this situation.
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking, followed by heating, are the top two leading causes of home fires. You can help prevent fire damage by:
- Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside bedrooms.
- Staying in the kitchen when cooking, or by the grill when grilling.
- Turning oven burners off and making sure the stove area is clear of other materials.
- Keeping anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, heaters, etc.
- Unplug or turn heaters off when you’re not in the room.
- Have heating systems and chimneys inspected regularly.
Because of this phenomenon, you should never build a fire pit using concrete materials as it could be incredibly dangerous.