Of all the investments you’ll make in your lifetime, the one made in your home is undoubtedly one of the most significant. Here, you’ll create many fond memories with the ones you love the most. However, unexpected things happen, and if you’ve experienced a home fire or have sustained smoke damage, your safe haven can quickly become a place you no longer recognize.
The weeks and months ahead will be busy ones, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Our staff specializes in fire damage restoration, and we have the combination of tools and knowledge to help you get your home as close to its original state as possible.
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Everything You Need in One Place
After a fire, there are many things that need to happen. From calling insurance adjusters and finding temporary living arrangements to purchasing necessities and more, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed.
However, when it comes to smoke damage restoration, you can rest assured that you only have one quick call to make. We offer a wide array of services, and we make your situation a priority. Our staff is with you through every step of the process, and just some of the valuable services we can provide with confidence include:
- Smoke smell removal
- Damage repair
- Water damage repair
We have worked with a number of clients facing similar circumstances as you, and we understand just how devastating it can be. However hopeless the situation may seem, we can assure you that there is hope for the future. You can rely on us to provide the level of services necessary to overcome the common issues stemming from fire damage, and we utilize the latest tools in the industry to ensure a job well done.
Smoke and Fire Damage Health Concerns
The initial dangers of a house fire are obvious. However, once the flames have been extinguished, many are unaware of the lingering dangers that are left behind. The safety of you and your loved ones are a top priority, and we feel it’s important for our clients to understand what they’re facing. Some of the possible hazards that should be considered include:
- Mold that commonly develops after water is used to extinguish the fire
- Lingering smoke particles can enter the HVAC system- these can cause irritation in your lungs and possible scarring of the alveoli when breathed in
- Hidden damage to the structure can pose a danger to everyone in the home
When you work with our company, you’ll have an experienced contractor on your side, and they know how to identify the various health hazards that could very well be present in your home long after the flames have been extinguished. It’s important to understand that, even if a home looks safe, there are things hidden from plain site that must be inspected. We have the equipment and expertise to ensure this is done properly.
Understanding the Remediation Process
In order to ensure a complete and thorough remediation process, there are a number of elements that must be considered. Skipping over just one can compromise all other efforts made to save your home. We have a tried and tested method, and we have successfully employed it time and again to help our clients get back on their feet.
First Things First
Before you call to have any kinds of repairs completed, it’s crucial that you first comply with the City of Edmonton’s Sustainable Development requirements. Fires are serious problems, and Fire Rescue Services may need to conduct an investigation to rule out foul play. If this is the case, you’ll need to hold off on returning to the home. Furthermore, you’ll need to check to see if a permit will be required prior to cleanup and repair. For more information on city requirements, visit this site.
- Contacting the Professionals
The process begins once you have cleared yourself with the city. When you call our company for services, our dispatcher will ask a series of questions to get a good understanding of what’s being dealt with so we arrive with the proper equipment to begin the process. We understand the nature of house fires, and that’s why we are available 24/7 to take your call.
When the contractor arrives, they will do a thorough assessment of the damage. Adjoining rooms of your property will be tested and inspected to determine:
- Extent of the fire
- Smoke damage
- Soot damage
- Water damage
Based on the results of the initial inspection, we can better assess our plan of action to increase the quality of our services.
Board Up Services
When fire damage occurs, openings such as windows and doors as well as your roof can become compromised, and this makes your home susceptible to further damage from the outside elements. That’s why we take the time to board up or place tarps over these areas.
While the water used to extinguish the fire is crucial, residual water can be devastating. Not only can it damage your personal belongings and further compromise your home’s overall structure, but it can even pose health hazards when harmful mold, fungus and spores are able to develop.
That’s why we quickly get to work removing any water that remains following efforts made by fire services to extinguish the flames. We use tools such as pumps and dehumidifiers to ensure the drying process is thorough and complete.
Smoke Damage Restoration
Not all smoke damage is created equal, and there are various types that cause different levels of impact on your property. While many homeowners feel confident that areas not directly impacted by the fire are safe, the truth is that smoke can easily infiltrate anywhere in the home. Just some of the types of smoke damage that may be present include:
- Dry smoke residue stemming from fast burning fires at high temperatures
- Wet smoke residue from smoldering fires at low heat
- Protein residue that can discolor paint and cause strong odors
- Fuel and oil residue which can be difficult to clean
Our staff understands how important it is to expedite smoke damage restoration and smoke smell removal services, and we get to work cleaning up the mess. Our resurfacing methods can help restore the aesthetic appeal of your home in areas not severely damaged, and this saves you money on replacements. Some common resurfacing that may be possible include re-upholstering, re-carpeting, and painting. We even offer ozone treatment for smoke damage.
Safety Precautions When Dealing With Smoke Damage
If you suspect your home has sustained smoke damage, it’s important that you take safety precautions. The best thing to do is remove yourself and your loved ones from the property. Our staff is known to get to the scene quickly, and we get started on smoke restoration to help reduce risks. However, if you absolutely must reenter the home, there are some things you should consider doing to decrease risks including:
- Wear proper work gloves and appropriate respiratory protection
- Use fans in the windows to force out the contaminated air and dust
- Wash any potentially impacted bedding, clothing, curtains, etc.
These are just a few cautionary steps provided by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration. Many more can be found on their website.
Making Your House a Home Again
We understand that, right now, the situation seems dire. House fires are serious situations, and prompt service is crucial in order to get to the root of the problem and make the necessary repairs before more damage is incurred. No matter how big or small your problem is, the professional staff here at Mold Remediation Experts is ready to help.
We are registered with both the BBB and Homestars, and our IICRC certification gives you the confidence you need to know we’ll do the job right. Locally owned, we keep your budget in mind, and that’s why we offer free inspections and senior discounts. Best of all, you can rest assured that we back up our work with a five year guarantee. We’re here to make your house a home again, so call us to get your fee quote today.