Emergency Response for Fire Damage Restoration
While every fire emergency is different, the restoration process often starts with similar activities. In many cases, work cannot even start until debris has been removed and a clear path has been created.
Home or Building Inspection
We often start by addressing any safety issues related to the electrical power, structural integrity of the building, and its HVAC system. For instance, we will inspect the furnace and air conditioning units, replace filters and then cover vents to prevent cross contamination of smoke and odor into other areas.
Emergency Board Up
Fires often create breeches in the home or building structure that could lead to further damage from vandalism or weather elements. ServiceMaster can work with you to get your home or business boarded up as quickly as possible.
Emergency Water Damage Mitigation
Firefighting activities typically leave an affected area with a large amount of water and moisture. So, one of our initial activities is to extract this excess water, check the flooring and structural components for remaining moisture and then set up drying and dehumidifying equipment.
Emergency pre-cleaning can play a critical role in mitigating damage and minimizing replacement costs. Fires can leave an acidic residue that can cause irreversible damage in a short period of time to fixtures, appliances and other at-risk surfaces like marble, stone, grout, aluminum and glass. It needs to be removed as quickly as possible.
Once these initial steps have been taken, we can begin initial odor control measures such as ventilating the property, applying deodorizers, and placing air filtration units throughout. We can also assist with the emptying of refrigerators and freezers to prevent odors from spoiling food and arrange for emergency laundry/dry cleaning to provide several changes of clothing for immediate use.