Restoring a Home After a Fire

When it comes to house fires in Chicago, many people assume that the damage is done when the fire is out. Sadly, that’s not true. While it’s not as dramatic, both the acidic residues left behind by the fire and the water introduced by the fire suppression efforts continue the destruction even when the flames are gone. This ongoing devastation makes your response to dealing with fire cleanup crucial. The wrong choice can leave you with nothing; the right move will allow you to reclaim things that you initially believed were unsalvageable.  Restoring your property after a fire isn’t easy but with the right company and the right property insurance, it won’t seem like a pain in the you-know-what.

The SERVPROs in Chicago understand how difficult it is to deal with a fire and its aftermath. Our experienced team is ready to assist you through this challenging time by providing the expert guidance and professional restoration services you need to reclaim your home successfully.

MAKING RESTORATION a PRIORITY

When it comes to choosing between restoration and replacement, we have a “restoration first” mentality. Our team includes technicians who are highly trained and certified in several relevant areas, including fire and smoke restoration, upholstery, odor control, and fabric cleaning and water damage restoration. We take pride in using our expertise and specialized equipment to clean and restore your property whenever possible. By prioritizing restoration over replacement, we strive to reduce interruption, minimize the trauma of loss and help get your life back to normal for your family as quickly as possible.

While every situation is unique, there are seven steps in our fire damage restoration process.

1. Contact

Our assistance begins as soon as you contact us. We use the information gathered in this call to ensure that the right team for the job arrives at your door fully prepared to help as quickly as possible.

2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Technicians from a SERVPRO in Chicago will inspect the site of the fire and surrounding areas to identify any potential hazards and determine the extent of the fire, smoke, soot and water damage. Homes today include many things fashioned from synthetic materials, and fire can cause chemical reactions with these items that can continue even when the actual fire is just a bad memory. Assessing the impacted areas allows us to pinpoint the damage and develop a safe, effective restoration plan.

3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service

When a fire strikes your home, it’s not uncommon for the structure’s building envelope to be compromised. We can help protect your property and limit further damage by applying tarps or boarding up damaged areas.

4. Water Removal and Drying

The water utilized to extinguish the fire can become a threat to your property after the flames have been suppressed. If water damage is an issue, we’ll use professional-grade equipment to extract the bulk of the water quickly and complete the drying process with air movers and dehumidifiers.

5. Removal of Smoke and Soot

Using specialized equipment and techniques, we’ll scrub the lingering smoke and soot residues from all of your home’s surfaces. This stops these acidic substances from causing further harm to your belongings.

6. Cleaning and Sanitizing

Any item or structure that is restorable will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. By applying the appropriate professional technique, we can often restore a wide array of items, including some things that might seem unsalvageable like electronics, papers or fabrics.

7. Restoration

During the restoration phase, we work to make it seem like the disaster never happened. This may involve repair, replacement or reconstruction efforts.

SERVPROs in Chicago is a preferred vendor for many insurance companies and a trusted leader in the restoration industry, so you can be confident that we have the expertise and resources to handle your fire damage restoration. If a fire has damaged your residential or commercial property, let us help you reclaim your home or business, your belongings and a little peace of mind. Contact a SERVPRO in Chicago today to explore the many benefits of our professional fire damage restoration services or to request our assistance.

Fire Facts

Chicago Area SERVPRO

SERVPRO Of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City
P: (773) 337-3900 1750
E. 87th Street, Suite #1
Chicago, IL 60617

Specialties
Flood Damage
Water Removal
Water Damage
Fire Damage
Mold Damage

SERVPRO Of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville
P: (312) 509-5000 410
E. 47th Street, Suite 100V
Chicago, IL 60653

Specialties
Fire Damage
Flood Damage
Water Damage
Water Removal
Mold Damage

SERVPRO Of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City
P: (773) 337-3993
4100 W. 76th Street Suite M
Chicago, IL 60652

Specialties
Water Damage
Fire Damage
Mold Damage
Flood Damage
Water Removal

SERVPRO Of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown
P: (773) 434-9100
564 W. Randolph St. Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

Specialties
Flood Damage
Water Damage
Mold Damage
Fire Damage
Water Removal

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