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Fire Damage Restoration in tempe, AZ

When you’ve seen your property go up in flames, dealing with the aftermath can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Faced with smoke stains, the charred remnants of belongings, and even water damage from fire hoses, returning to normal may seem impossible. Rest assured: ASAP Restoration is here for you, whenever disaster strikes.

As one of the leading fire damage restoration service providers in Tempe, we’re proud to offer 24-hour emergency support. Our experienced technicians work to mitigate the loss in a timely manner and we strive to bring your home or business back to pre-loss conditions.

According to some reports, there’s an estimate of 23 billion dollars in property damage caused by fires. This number of course can vary from state to state, depending on the climate and if there are any wildfires or not. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to be fully prepared for the devastation a house fire can inflict, but that doesn’t mean that the damage cannot be minimized.

Regardless if the fire is small or big, it has to be put out as quickly as possible to minimize the fire and smoke damage that come with it.  After each fire, the fire damage restoration process will include

  • Determining the extent of the damage
  • Saving what can be saved and
  • Restoring the damaged structures of the house.

Assessment of fire damage in Tempe, AZ

Once the fire department has successfully put out the fire and before commencing with the restoration process, you first need to determine how much of your home has sustained fire and smoke damage. There’s a lot to think about here e.g., how deep did the fire penetrate into the structure of the house; how much of the surface is covered by smoke damage and soot; were the walls, furniture and fixtures affected by heat damage and so on.

These aren’t things that everyone can determine, especially if they are not a skilled professional. Hiring a professional crew at ASAP Restoration will ensure that you get a complete and comprehensive assessment of the damage. Everything will be recorded and documented so you could have evidence when you speak to your insurance provider.

The undamaged and untouched furniture will be removed in order to avoid smoke damage embedding itself into the fibers. And if some smoke damage did embed, it’s important to air them out as soon as possible.

You should hire skilled professionals for Tempe fire damage restoration

When looking into hiring a professional fire damage restoration service, make sure that you do thorough research and consult your home insurance provider for recommendations. Look for a reputable service, check the reviews of the work they have done so far and don’t sign a contract just because the situation is urgent. Also make sure that they are licensed for fire damage restoration.

Securing the foundation after fire damage

One of the most important things that needs to be done before even commencing the damage restoration, is to prevent any further damage. This involved plugging up holes in the weakened structures like drywall, floor and root. These structures need to be thoroughly inspected and repaired/replaced if necessary.

Keep in mind that fire and water damage usually go hand-in-hand so the inspection has to be thorough (no “eyeball test”) because in the event of heavy rain after fire damage, your home can be at risk for more damage.

Hiring the right damage restoration service can go a long way. Professional services will be efficient and proficient in both areas (fire and water damage) and they will make sure that your home is properly protected for moisture/water using moisture and vapor barriers.


Cleaning and removal

Attempting to clean the smoke damage and soot that comes with fire damage is nearly impossible, if you don’t have the right tools, skills and knowledge. Stains that usually occur during fire affect more than just the surface of your belongings. In order to thoroughly clean them, you will need to sand them, scrub them and put a finishing coat.

If your home was also affected by water damage, then the excess water needs to be pumped out and the area has to be thoroughly dried using special heaters and fans. This is important to avoid mold infestation.

Another thing that the fire damage restoration crew will focus on is the removal of odors caused by smoke damage and soot. Deodorization will involve deep cleaning of the carpets and upholstery or simply replacing them with new ones if that’s an option.

Repairs and renovation

Some of your belongings are too priceless to be simply replaced with something new. If they can be restored and repaired, it should be done through a careful process.

Heat damage, caused by the fire, can create air pockets and bubbles on the walls and ceiling. To repair this, the paint from the walls/ceiling needs to be scraped and repainted again.

Hardwood floors can also be repaired and restored but that depends on whether it’s a finished or unfinished wood. With finished wood, the stained layer is stripped, sanded and refinished. But with unfinished wood, you can attempt to put a layer of sealant, however there’s no guarantee that it will trap and mask the odor.

In the event that the fire damage is so extensive, doing repairs would take too much time and cost too much. In situations like that, it’s better to just simply go for renovation instead of restoration. If your particular situation is like this, see if the fire damage restoration company also offers renovation services. This might mean that you will be throwing away a large portion of your home, but you will be replacing it with a new one, that doesn’t remind you of this traumatic experience cause by fire damage.

Health Hazards of Smoke Damage

If left untreated, smoke damage may expose you to health hazards including:
  1. Serious eye irritation and damage​
  2. Throat and nose irritation
  3. Exposure to carbon monoxide, which is extremely hazardous if inhaled; a breathing mask is essential​
  4. Respiratory issues
  5. Oxygen supply problems for the body
  6. Depressed immune system
  7. Increased risk of cancer, lung disease, and even cardiovascular disease.

Smoke damage is an unavoidable consequence of fire, but it can impact your property in unexpected ways. At ASAP Restoration, our specialists are capable of identifying a variety of different smoke damage types and will act quickly to resolve the problem.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Explained

Fire damage extends far beyond the objects impacted by the blaze. In fact, hazardous smoke residue and soot may remain long after the fire has been extinguished. Our fire damage specialists have years of experience restoring homes and offices, and they understand how to navigate the complexities of a fire damaged property.
The first step of the restoration process is removing lingering debris. Our technicians are carefully trained and equipped to remove detritus in the safest manner possible.
Before construction can begin, we’ll address structural damage and health hazards, such as moisture buildup and mold growth. We may also perform thermal deodorization to mitigate smoke damage and improve air quality.
After we’ve cleaned and sanitized the workspace, we can begin to rebuild the damaged areas of your property. Our work isn’t done until you’re satisfied!

Some of The Most Common Types

Wet Smoke Residue If firefighter hoses were required to extinguish the fire, you’re likely to encounter wet smoke residue. This residue is easily absorbed in unfinished wood and fabrics, leaves a strong odor, and smears easily. These properties make cleanup fairly difficult. Dry Smoke Residue Dry smoke residue is typically produced by high-heat, fast-burning fires supplemented by lots of oxygen. Created by burnt wood and other dry items, dry smoke residue does not soak deeply into porous materials as wet smoke residue does. This leads to a straightforward cleaning and removal process. Rubber and Plastic Smoke Damage Plastics and rubber burn quickly and easily, even at lower temperatures. The heavy residues created by the burning process are quite toxic. They can travel long distances, damage metals, and other items, and endanger one’s health. Protein Fire Damage Commonly called oven fire damage, protein fires occur when a fire breaks out while meat or poultry is being cooked. Typically, protein smoke residue is contained to a small area, but it still needs to be cleaned and removed by a professional armed with technical knowledge and specialized detergents. Fuel Oil Soot If you have an oil furnace, you may encounter fuel oil soot. This is a jet-black, messy type of soot that could potentially cover an entire room if an oil heating system breaks down and causes a puff back.
ASAP Restoration Provides 24/7 Emergency Services in Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tucson, AZ.