After the firefighters have left and the smoke has cleared, home and property owners will need professional restoration services to return the damaged property to its pre-loss condition. DAI Restore’s certified staff of technicians are here to help. Below is a typical process we follow for Fire & Smoke restoration.

Damage Assessment:  

Our team will complete a walk-through inspection of the property to assess the damage that has been sustained during the fire, as well as any water damage incurred from extinguishing the fire, or from possible burst pipes.  

  • The entire structure is assessed as to how deep the smoke and flames have penetrated into materials and surfaces in order to determine the time-table and extensiveness of cleaning necessary. 
  • Once the assessment is complete, a plan of action can be put in place.
 
Securing the Property and Removing Debris:  

Once the assessment is complete, the property needs to be secured. This may involve fencing or partitioning to be placed around the perimeter of the property, tarping portions of the roof, and boarding-up any broken windows or openings in the structure.  

  • If only a portion of the property is affected, containment will be erected around the affected areas in order to stop cross-contamination of unaffected areas. 
  • Any exterior debris and non-restorable interior debris will be immediately removed and disposed of. Personal contents that are to be moved to a cleaning facility are packed-out for transport at this point, and any leftover charred/unsalvageable materials are to be disposed of. 

 

Drying, Mitigation and Demolition: 

Any water left inside the structure will be extracted, and a drying process will be initiated. Any content inside the structure will be removed and set aside for storage/cleaning. Damaged structural materials that cannot be restored will be removed.

See DAI Restore’s Water Mitigation page for a better understanding of the water damage cleanup process.

 

Cleanup and Deodorization:  

The cleaning procedure is the most intense and extensive step in the fire restoration process. In most cases, the entirety of the affected area (interior, exterior, and its contents) will need to be cleaned. There are numerous aspects to the cleaning process depending on the materials affected and finishes on these materials.  

Structural cleaning involves the materials used to build the structure, and any items that are physically attached: 

  • Floor  
  • Wall assemblies 
  • Ceilings
  • Others

For structural cleaning, the restoration technicians must be familiar with different paint and wood finishes (or lack thereof), plus the different cleaning methods and chemicals or solvents that will properly clean the materials to restore their pre-loss conditions.  

Content cleaning is typically done off-site at our facility, after the pack-out inventory is completed. From there the contents are either cleaned manually or with specialty equipment such as an ultrasonic cleaning machine.  

Preconditioning cleaning is for soot removal, and is typically done using a HEPA vacuum with a soft-bristle attachment. Oxidizing agents such as Ozone or Hydroxyls may need to be used to treat odors within the air.

 

Reconstruction

Once all cleaning and deodorization has been completed, the replacing and finishing/painting of wall and flooring materials is done. Fixtures, counters and cabinets are replaced. If necessary, plumbing, electrical and structural repairs or rebuilds will be completed, also.