Fire and Smoke Damage
Fire and Smoke Damage
A home fire is an all-too-common traumatic event in the US. Despite the emotional and physical toll of experiencing a blaze wreaking havoc on your property, a swift response is imperative to mitigate the damage. Once the flames are extinguished, if left untreated, acidic soot and smoke damage can cause corrosion, glass etching, and discoloration to walls and carpet; the charred odors also linger and are not only a disturbing reminder of the tragedy but are toxic to inhale. It is vital to have professionals on-site to assess the property as soon as possible.
Guardian Restoration’s fire-damage contractors will immediately secure the property, contain the area, and begin emergency cleaning.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a fire is reported every 24 seconds in the US and the number of structural fires in 2017 numbered almost half a million. It is often everyday household items and their electrical supply that can spark a fire, such as cooking equipment and barbeques, heating appliances, overloaded outlets, and faulty wiring. The open flames of candles also pose an ever-present risk. It is perhaps because fires are caused by such ordinary items that a lack of vigilance can leave people vulnerable.
Guardian Restoration is specialized in managing the aftermath of such life-altering events with due care, compassion, and professionalism. We immediately inspect the damage and draft a restoration plan to address:
• Structural damage and repair
• Smoke-damage remediation
• Water damage from putting out the fire
• Soot coatings and odors
• Restoring content
We have a window of the first few days to maximize the chances of a full recovery and to restore your property to a liveable or workable condition. One of the dangers of failing to treat the aftermath of fire as early as possible is the damage wrought by the corrosive combination of water, ash, and smoke. No surface is immune from its effects as it leaches into walls, ceilings, and floors. As more time passes, the more difficult and ultimately expensive the treatment process.
Soot, for example, stains very easily and permanently and is easily transferred to furniture, carpets, and other surfaces. Similarly, properties can suffer water damage from the sprinkler system or firehoses used to extinguish the blaze. The excess water swells drywalls and furniture, rusts metals, and warps and spoils furniture and furnishings [LINK TO WATER DAMAGE PAGE]. Specialized state-of-the-art equipment is required to mitigate the effects of excess water.
Those first critical days are spent:
• Identifying all the affected materials
• Cleaning the fire- and smoke-damaged areas
• Removing toxic ash and other residues
• Disposing of any damaged appliances or items that now pose a risk
• Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces
• Neutralizing the odors and deodorizing the air
Guardian Restoration’s specialists act swiftly and with the authority of having overcome many logistical, structural and environmental challenges. Nobody expects to suffer a fire but Guardian Restoration can bring peace of mind that only comes with seeing your property brought back to its former condition through our rapid response and restoration service.