Fire Damage, Smoke Damage and Restoration
When fire or water has damaged your home and possessions, it really helps to have Burke's Restoration on your team. As general contractors, Burke's can provide every service required to quickly restore your home like new from the ground up! From
our meticulous packing and cleaning services team to our expertly
trained construction crew, every professional at Burke's is working to
get your home back to normal as soon as possible. We treat your home like our own.
Expert fire damage & restoration professionals recognize that smoke damage can break through all parts of your building, causing hidden damage and odor. Have a Burke’s Restoration trained professional survey the loss site to determine the extent to which fire, smoke, heat, and moisture affected your structure and its contents.
Some things you may not know about smoke caused from fire damage:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Types of Smoke
When we arrive at the fire damaged
loss site, we will pre-test the soot to determine the smoke damage type; our cleaning procedures vary based on the initial pre-test.
Fire damage creates these soot types:
Wet Smoke Residues
Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors. Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke Residues
Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles.
Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot
Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
Other Types of Residues
Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.
Fire damage Inspection and Pre-testing
While pre-testing the loss site caused from fire damage, Burke's Restoration will inspect your property to determine the extent of damage and the scope needed for restoration, repairs, and cleaning. It is vital to protect areas that are not affected by soot and odor to prevent the damage from spreading to these areas.
Some decisions to consider include:
- How many materials are affected by smoke or fire?
- What is the proper method for cleaning?
- Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored?
- What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced?
- Are the smoke residues cleanable?
- Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair?
- How long will the cleanup take?
- What work procedures will restore the damaged materials?
Pre-testing also allows Burke's Restoration to concentrate on saving your precious items and keepsakes from fire damage and smoke damage. We will keep you informed and answer all of your questions once the mitigation begins.
Need More Information?If you need more information about fire damage or smoke damage, please give us a call 1-800-586-2456 or Contact Us Today!