Fire and smoke damage is often hard to find and harder to fix.
Fire damage is unique because solving one problem — putting out the fire — often results in further ruin from water. Safely cleaning up after a fire requires knowing where to look for damage that isn’t immediately apparent, such as inside walls and under floors.
Depending on how extensive the fire was, materials may be able to be restored without replacement. Revive Restoration has the expertise to know what needs to be replaced and what can be saved.
We find and eliminate all fire damage, including persistent smoke odor. After all, what good is making a place look like new if it still smells like the fire trucks just left? Revive Restoration has never had a previous customer contact us for a smoke odor.
We do things right the first time so you don’t have to worry. We’re IICRC Certified to restore properties damaged by fire and smoke, and we’ve been doing it in the Madison community for years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Damage
Is it safe to stay in a house with smoke damage?
Smoke that contains harmful ash and soot can linger even after a house fire has been put out.
Over time, breathing in smoke residue can cause respiratory problems. In addition, carbon monoxide is often present following fire and smoke damage — this colorless, odorless gas can be deadly when inhaled.
It’s important to have this damage professionally cleaned since most surface level solutions won’t fully remove the problem from your walls and belongings. Get in touch with a professional if you’ve experienced a house fire and are noticing signs of remaining smoke damage.
Will I have to move out during the fire damage restoration process?
Whether or not you and your family need to move out of your home during the fire restoration process depends on the size and severity of the blaze.
Generally, it will not be safe to stay in your home after a large fire due to smoke inhalation and potential structural damage. If the fire was contained to a small portion of your home, however, you may be able to stay if we can block off the affected rooms.
When we arrive on scene, we will work with you to assess the damage and decide the best course of action.
Is the smell of smoke after a fire harmful?
Many people think the smell of smoke after a house fire will simply fade away on its own, but this often isn’t the case. Smoke can linger in your walls, ceilings, and other belongings long after a blaze has been put out. If left untreated for too long, some types of smoke residue can even permeate your entire home or business as they travel through your air ducts.
Breathing in smoke can cause respiratory problems and fatigue. Even small inhalations can add up over time. For this reason, it’s important to have smoke damage professionally cleaned after any sort of fire occurs. Reach out to a professional restoration service to completely remove all traces of smoke in your home.
How long does the fire damage repair process take?
The length of time it takes to repair a home or business after a fire greatly depends on the severity of the damage. The effects of some minor blazes can be fixed within a few days, while fires that cause structural damage can take a matter of weeks or even months.
If you have specific questions about a fire repair, please reach out to us for an estimate! We can go over your unique situation to figure out what a restoration timeline might be.
How do I clean up after a house fire?
The best thing to do after experiencing a house fire is to contact a professional restoration company to help you return your space to normal. Many parts of the process can be complicated, such as figuring out what belongings can be saved and what needs to be thrown away, and someone with experience can help you make those decisions with confidence.
In the meantime, you can start the process by taking a detailed account of the damage. If possible, move unharmed items away from the damaged area. Make sure to take safety precautions such as wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, and don’t go near the area at all if there is a heavy smell of smoke.
What causes house fires?
Many things can cause house fires. Every day, homeowners engage in behavior that could potentially start a blaze without even realizing it. The most common culprits include, but are not limited to:
- Overuse or misuse of appliances, such as leaving them plugged in for too long and not checking the state of their cords regularly.
- Faulty electrical wiring or plugs.
- Cooking fires like grease fires, which most often start when the stove is left unsupervised.
- Candles left unsupervised, especially when homeowners leave their home.
- Indoor smoking and improper disposal of used cigarettes.
What are the types of smoke damage?
There are four common types of smoke damage: dry smoke, protein residue, fuel/oil residue, and wet smoke. Each are caused by different circumstances like the fire’s temperature, fueling materials, and location.
Generally, dry smoke is the easiest to clean because of its powdery texture that doesn’t smear when being wiped up. Protein residue, fuel/oil residue, and wet smoke are more difficult to take care of because their damage tends to be wet and sticky.
If you aren’t sure what type of smoke damage you have, reach out to a professional restoration company who can help you get your home or business back to normal!
How do I restore smoke damage to my home or business?
There are three main ways to deal with smoke damage after a fire: cleaning, resurfacing, and replacing. If the fire was small, simply cleaning items and surfaces might be enough to restore them. In other instances, objects will need to be resurfaced or even completely replaced because the smoke damage is too severe.
Because smoke damage can be difficult to identify and clean, this process is generally not a do-it-yourself job. The National Fire Protection Association recommends working with an experienced restoration company to take care of smoke damage in your home or business — we can help you evaluate exactly how severe the problem is to deal with it in the right way.
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