Fire and Smoke Damage
After a home fire has been put out, it is important that you act immediately to clean up smoke, ash, and soot. Not only is the fire debris a health hazard, but it will quickly and thoroughly destroy property it comes in contact with. Let us minimize damages with our comprehensive fire and smoke cleanup and restoration services.
Contact us 24/7/365 for emergency services. We are always available and can have licensed, certified experts at your door in 30 minutes.
Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration
Fire damage cleanup is not a DIY project! Only certified professionals with the proper training and equipment should clean up the soot and debris left over by a fire. At Lake Elsinore Water Damage, we are IICRC Certified for fire damage cleanup and have the tools and safety equipment needed to restore your home or business safely.
Soot and smoke is a very acidic substance and it will eat away at surfaces it comes in contact with, causing discoloration and even etching into the surface. The IICRC gives the following timeline for fire damage cleanup:
Within minutes: plastics yellow, porous materials like marble discolor permanently
Within hours: grout becomes stained, fiberglass fixtures discolor
Within days: paint on walls will yellow permanently, metal corrodes and rusts, wood furniture will need refinishing, vinyl needs refinishing or replacing, clothes become stained, upholstery becomes permanently stained
Within weeks: Damages are extensive; carpet fibers discolor permanently, silver plate is corroded, crystal and china become etched
The first step in the cleanup process is to contain the site. You do not want, for example, soot from a kitchen fire to get into your living room and bedrooms! We can set up room containment systems, such as with tarping, and also offer board up services.
Next we will remove as much solid debris as possible. Ash can be vacuumed up with special machines which keep all particles contained and do not disrupt the scene. Afterwards, we can begin the process of removing damaged items for disposal. They should not be thrown out until the insurance adjuster has had a chance to look at them. Our teams are training in general construction so they can remove affected walls, carpets, and structures without making a mess.
Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration
There are two types of smoke: oily and dry. Each type requires its own method of removal, so it is important that you have a cleanup technician who is familiar with smoke damage and can identify the different types. Our technicians are all IICRC certified and have years of experience in the industry removing smoke.
To get rid of smoke smells, we can use deodorizing agents which neutralize (not cover up) the smell. Smells can also be removed from the air with the help of our HEPA air scrubber. We will get your home smelling fresh again in no time!
Insurance Billing for Fire and Smoke Damage
Worried about how you will pay for fire and smoke damage cleanup services? We understand that these incidents are unplanned and can be costly, and we are here to make it as easy as possible for you. We bill directly to your insurance company and can even help with the claims process by taking photo documentation and writing reports. All of our technicians are trained in how to talk with insurance adjusters and we can even meet with the adjuster to explain the damages and restoration process. We work with ALL insurance companies and will send the bill directly to them! If you have any questions about insurance billing, feel free to contact our support team.
Don’t suffer fire and smoke damage a minute longer than necessary. We are always available, 24/7/365. Just give us a call and your call will be answered by a live agent. We will be at your door in 30 minutes or less, so contact us now!