FIRE AND WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu
The process of fire and water restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by these kinds of events. One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a reconstruction firm that is both licensed and insured.
Homeowners and business owners may be in shock from the initial devastation. It is important to try and follow the proper steps to achieve a complete fire or water restoration. Building Contractors that are properly licensed with the State Of California have the following distinctions: Vast amounts of experience in restoration projects and the proper licenses and insurance information. Customers should also check all references and obtain price quotes prior to hiring anyone. Any contracts that are presented should be reviewed closely.
The first step is contacting your insurance company asap. An insurance adjuster will document the damages and provide you with an initial estimate for damages. Once the repairs are started, your insurance file is usually left open in the case that other damages are exposed during reconstruction. The reconstruction process starts with cleaning up as much of the existing area as possible.
For Fire Reconstruction, if the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind. If the homeowner or business owner does the initial cleaning, it is important to follow these steps. When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation. Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery. Wash any items that are able to be laundered. Clean the outside with a pressure washer if possible.
If immediate clean up is not done, it can lead to devastating effects. Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue. After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business. Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue. Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind. Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business. For these reasons, it is vital to contact a fire reconstruction specialist to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a pre-loss state. One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.
Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately. Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results. These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog. Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.
Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair. Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a pre-loss state. By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.
For flood reconstruction, dry-out time is of the essence. Water damage to your home or business is devastating, posing a serious threat to building components, interior furnishings and precious belongings. If not treated promptly, it may eventually affect the health of you, your family, or business associates. The result will be costly repairs and the associated trauma. 48 hours after a flood takes place, mold will begin to grow inside walls and wood flooring. It is important to remove all wet construction materials ie; drywall and wood flooring with-in the first 24 hours. Next air blowers need to be placed around the inside of the flooded interior to dry out any remaining moisture. If performed correctly reconstruction is as simple as replacing the flood damaged materials.