Have you ever spent hours sitting around the bonfire with friends on a beautiful summer evening in Ventura, then spent days wondering why everything smells like smoke still? Getting the smoke smell out of clothing, your hair, and so on can take several days and several washes.
Now, imagine the depth of that smoke odor after a house fire. No matter the severity of the fire, smoke damage is often one of the larger challenges of the restoration process than repairing the structure itself. One of the most important things to do after a fire, and after everyone is safe and cared for, is to get the restoration process underway to get ahead of damage that’s still being done even after the fire is out.
Here is an easy overview of what the restoration process looks like in 6 easy steps:
Quick Response –ASR Restoration understands the longer you let the smoke, soot, and water from extinguishing the fire sit, the harder it will be to fix the damage that’s been done.
Walk Through – Creating a Scope & a Plan. An estimator will take a walk through your home and see the damage, and create a plan of action. This estimator will likely also be able to work with your insurance adjuster or insurance company during the loss.
Contents Packout & Cleaning – Crews will come in and box up any items that may have been damaged – from clothing and bedding to dishes, electronics, etc., that are salvageable. Many of the items in your home could be saved through special cleaning and restoration techniques in an experienced contents restoration division. If one of your children has a special stuffed animal, doll, blanket, or other sentimental items that could help them through this tough time, we are happy to clean that first and return it to you as soon as possible.
Structure Restoration – This could include removing carpet or other porous materials, scrubbing down walls with special solutions that will remove the soot and the odor, and wipe every single surface over and over until it’s clean. It could also mean doing things like removing cabinets from the wall to clean behind them, or removing charred beams saturated with smoke and soot.
Targeting Smoke Damage & Odor – There are a number of innovations restoration companies can use to address the smoke damage. If not properly removed, the smoke smell can reappear during a change in the weather, the presence of moisture, or other environmental changes. That’s why it’s important to call an experienced team and make sure that your home is not only clean and the visible damage removed, but also that the smell is removed as well.
Project Complete – The last step is to return the items to your home that had been removed for cleaning. When they were removed from your home, they were carefully packed up according to room and location. When they are returned to you, it will be the same scenario – except everything will look as it did before the fire.
As Ventura County's largest restoration company, ASR's professional and certified team offers 24/7 service and specializes in water damage removal & repair, fire damage repair & restoration, mold remediation, sewage damage, trauma scene clean-up, asbestos abatement, board-ups to property and emergency pack out’s for all our neighbors in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.