Residential Smoke & Fire Damage Restoration
If you’ve just experienced a fire at your home, you need professional assistance. A fire in your home can cause significant smoke damage and if firefighting measures were taken or your home is equipped with sprinklers, water damage can complicate your recovery.
That’s why we’re here at all hours, every day of the year, to help you recover.
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House Fire Damage Repair
Our residential services address smoke and fire damage in homes of all kinds, including:
- Traditional single-family homes
- Modular homes
Learn about our commercial fire and smoke damage restoration services, ideal for schools, businesses, medical facilities and apartment complexes.
Residential Smoke Damage Cleanup
We recognize that fire damage comes in all shapes and sizes. Restoring fire-damaged homes of any size must include addressing ancillary smoke damage and water damage. After a large fire, this damage may be visible, but even after a small fire, smoke damage must be remediated.
During a fire, materials that do not burn entirely may leave behind dangerous waste products like burnt plastic, asbestos-laden building materials, synthetic fabrics and more in the form of debris, soot and smoke. Left unaddressed, this smoke may cause health problems.
Just Had a Fire? Here’s What to Do Now
If you’ve just experienced a fire, follow our fire and smoke damage cleanup tips:
- Follow all safety instructions provided by your local fire department personnel.
- Move pets and kids to a smoke-free environment. Smoke contains carcinogenic gases that can affect their health. Start with a neighbor you trust for immediate shelter, then move them to a temporary home with friends or family until the restoration is complete.
- Open all the windows. This will get air moving to push the smoke out.
- Make that call – you will need professional help, so before you get too busy, hire a fire remediation specialist who can start work on getting your home or business back to its original condition.
Homeowners insurance policies often require that policyholders take reasonable steps to “mitigate damages” (from tarping a damaged roof to boarding windows and making sure smoldering is stopped), and Rainbow can also do that for you.
- Call your homeowners insurance carrier. All policies require that policyholders report their loss “as soon as reasonably possible.”
- Turn off your HVAC systems.
- Empty your refrigerator and freezer if there is no power. Once empty, prop the door open to prevent odors from building up inside.
- Inventory the contents of your home. Make a list of all items that need to be replaced. Take pictures of the damage, too. Because you will need copies for the insurance company, for your own personal records and possibly for the fire investigation authorities, we recommend making a digital inventory that can be accessed from anywhere.
- When you’ve completed these initial tasks, check out our House Fire Checklist and the After the Fire: Cleaning Up PDF to learn more about recovering from a fire – both the structural damage and emotional damage. You can download and print out these resources to help keep yourself on track.
There are also tasks you should not attempt on your own due to the toxic gases or risk of smoldering ash.
- Don’t use electrical devices like appliances, stereos or TVs.
- Don’t wipe down the walls, wood trim and furniture or any other absorbent surface.
- Don’t sit on or move upholstered furniture.
- Don’t consume any food products, including canned items that were exposed to the extreme heat of the fire.
- Don’t turn on home HVAC systems like the furnace or air conditioner.
- Don’t water your indoor plants until you wipe down the leaves to remove soot.
Find Fire Damage Restoration Services Near Me
As certified fire remediation experts, we use the most advanced tools and equipment in the industry and apply systematic best practices honed over the 30-plus years we’ve been in the business to restore your home after a damaging fire event.
We put the highest value on open communication and customer service. Our crew documents the entire restoration process and get homes back to the condition they were in before the fire, with minimal loss of property from smoke damage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered smoke damage?
Smoke damage occurs any time an item or building is exposed to a fire or smoke damaging event. Smoke damage is very common, but often undertreated.
Smoke damage is not always visible, but usually leaves an odor. While there are different types of smoke damage, all types are potentially harmful to your health and should be remediated by a professional.
How long does smoke damage last?
Left untreated, smoke damage is permanent. Even after odors fade, the damage is still there unless the space is professionally cleaned and remediated.
Can I paint over smoke-damaged walls?
Yes, you may paint over smoke-damaged walls – after proper remediation takes place! Painting over smoke-damaged walls will not remove harmful toxins or pervasive odors.
How do I initiate the fire and smoke damage insurance claims process?
After a fire, once you and your loved ones are safe, it’s important to contact your insurance agency. Doing so in a timely manner will allow the claims process to begin. Your team at Rainbow International will work with you to document the damage and work with your insurance provider to make the claims process as painless as possible.
How can I practice home fire safety?
From appliance inspections to fire extinguishers, wildfire-safe landscaping and more, there are many ways to prioritize home fire safety. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about fire safety.
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