fire damage restoration
Florida Fire Damage Remediation
Fires are devastating, and they can often cause damage to more than just what they burned during the event. Smoke damage, soot damage, and even water damage can tarnish items that were not even near the flames. After the fire has been put out, fire restoration professionals are ready to take immediate action and prevent further damage from ruining your belongings.
Since fires can start at any time on any day, our certified professionals are on standby ready to help immediately after a fire event. Whether a fire was caused internally, externally, or was an unpredictable wildfire that reached your structure, a fire damage restoration team will come to secure the building, prevent smoke damage from spreading, and preserve certain items in the home or building before starting any restoration work. Calling MicroTech right away will help minimize further damage from occurring inside the structure.
We also help assist our clients navigate the insurance process to ensure that it is done properly.
how does fire restoration work
Since smoke and soot can quickly speed up the process of material decay after a fire, fire damage restoration should begin within the first 48 hours of the event. A team of professionals will neutralize and filter the smoke and soot from the air, as well as remove destroyed materials from the structure. If water was used to extinguish the fire, our professionals will also clean and treat anything soaked with water to prevent mold and mildew from forming. We will bring dehumidifiers, water extractors, and disinfectants to control the water damage and potential mold growth. We will also use boards, tarps, and other materials to seal any compromising holes in the structure so it stays safe from weather and unwanted break-ins.
Since smoke and soot travel through the air during a fire, our professionals know to inspect every area of the home when searching for damage. Smoke and soot could affect furniture, walls, carpet, curtains, clothing, lightbulbs, and even air vents. Our fire restoration professionals will have all the necessary tools and deodorizers to remove any smoke and soot from these places.
While some items and materials in the home may be too damaged to save, our fire restoration professionals will try to restore as much as they can. Depending on the integrity of the structure, you may even be able to walk through the remains with them to find the items you want to salvage. They will evaluate items to determine whether they are worth salvaging or not based on the cost of the item, damage from smoke and/or heat, usefulness, and sentimental value. We can even work with the insurance company to report accurate losses from the fire damage after a complete assessment of items is completed.
While fire damage can look quite shocking after the smoke has cleared, the efficiency and expertise of a fire restoration team will have you back in your structure as quickly as possible. Even large fires may not require a complete demolition and rebuild of the structure, which can help minimize the total time needed for restoration. Depending on the cause of the fire, restorations can turn into opportunities to upgrade to more fire-resistant materials and prevent future disasters from manifesting in the same location.
how can you prevent fires in the first place
Nobody wants to experience the devastating effects of a fire. Thankfully, there are several best practices you can employ as a homeowner or business owner that will help prevent fires from starting or spreading in the first place. A few of these tips are listed below.
Check the smoke detectors every month and replace the batteries every six months.
Never disable smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors in a structure.
Remember to turn off stoves, ovens, space heaters, and other heat-producing appliances when not in use.
Don’t leave hot appliances unattended for long periods of time.
Regularly clean the lint trap in your dryer and vacuum the vent ducts at least once per year. Remember to also clean the exterior side of the vent located on the outside of the home. Or, have a professional clean these ducts for you.
Inspect all gas-powered appliances and their connections once per year to ensure their security.
Store flammable liquids and materials away from heat sources and/or flames. This includes towels or rags used while cooking.
If a grease fire starts in the kitchen, extinguish it with a lid or baking soda. Never fight a grease fire with water.
Clean up debris and cut back trees around your property if located in a wildfire zone. Although you may not be able to prevent a wildfire, you can take steps to help buy yourself time before the firefighters arrive on scene.
Have an electrical safety inspection performed on your structure, especially if it is an older building.
Upgrade electrical to include safer wires and electrical panels.
Install a spark screen or glass door on a wood burning fireplace. Also, frequently clean the chimney and remove cooled ashes from the base.
Use grills and fire pits several feet from the home, inspect the gas lines to a grill, and have a fire extinguisher nearby when working with open flames outdoors.
Don’t use fire pits or start a bonfire on windy days or when the weather has been hot and dry for a long period of time. Always extinguish a fire thoroughly before leaving the site unattended.
Keep matches, lighters, candles, and other hazards stored safely away from curious children.
Smoke cigarettes outdoors or away from flammable materials inside the home. Either extinguish a cigarette in an ashtray or douse with water when finished. Don’t throw hot cigarettes in the trash or leave them on the ground.
Unexpected fires can be scary, and it can be a pain to deal with restoration afterward. All you want is to return to normal life. Our fire damage restoration professionals will help you recover what you can, restore what is damaged, and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. When a fire breaks out, no matter where or when, our team is ready to assist you through the restoration process.
fire damage FAqs
HOW CAN I SAFELY INSPECT MY HOUSE AFTER FIRE DAMAGE?
Dangers may still exist even when the fire is extinguished. Do not endanger yourself or your family after a fire event. Keep children and pets away. Try to protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, and fire-related health hazards such as smoke and dust particles.
Follow these basic safety rules:
- Determine Structural Stability
- Check Power Supply
- Recheck The Property
- Wet Down Debris
- Discard Hazardous Material Safely
- Use Protective Gear
HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE?
Start with a closer inspection of the property to assess the fire damage to the exterior. Only if determined safe, walk around the building and lot to observe and gather information. Now enter the structure. Taking extreme precautions, start from the top and document the damage. To get a better estimate and documentation, you should call a professional.
WHAT ARE GREASE FIRES AND HOW CAN I FIGHT GREASE FIRES?
A grease fire occurs when oil or greasy foods are heated and ignite. The simplest way to fight a grease fire is to carefully slide a lid over the pan. Do not fight grease fires with water because water causes the grease to splatter and the fire to spread.
- Smart Tip: Baking soda can be used to suffocate grease fire.
- Safety Tip: Do not try to take a grease fire outdoors. The pan will be too hot to carry.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY RULES TO PREVENT FIRE IN THE KITCHEN?
There are 5 basic safety rules you must remember while cooking in the kitchen:
- Keep pot handles turned inward, away from the edge of the stove.
- If possible, don’t wear long sleeves. Long loose sleeves, hanging over the stove while cooking, are likely to catch fire.
- Be sure to supervise the oven or gas and to turn them off when not needed.
- Place fabrics such as towels and dish rags away from a gas or electric range.
- Safely store flammable liquids such as gasoline and cleaning fluids away from any fire or heat sources.
HOW CAN I ESTIMATE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE?
Start with a closer inspection of the property to assess the damage to the exterior. Only if determined safe, walk around the building and lot to observe and gather information. Mark the water levels on the walls for reference. Now enter the structure. Taking extreme precautions, start from the top and document the damage. The best way to get an accurate assessment and good documentation is to call a professional.
HOW CAN I TEST MY SMOKE DETECTOR AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO IT?
Smoke detectors should be tested once a month. The simplest test is to press the test button on your detector and check that it beeps loudly. It is also important to test the batteries and replace them every 6 months.
DO I HAVE TO THROW OUT FOOD AFTER A FIRE?
No. however, you will have to be very careful when dealing with food. Throw out food if it is burnt or if it has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot. In addition, do not use any canned foods if the can has bulged, is badly dented or has rusted.
You can keep refrigerated food if your refrigerator was not damaged in the fire. Your refrigerator will keep cold for 4 hours if it is well sealed. In case the power was turned off during the fire and the refrigerator was turned off for more than 4 hours, discard the food.
Frozen food can be used if it still has ice crystals on it and if it still feels cold and hard. When in doubt, discard the food.