Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas, TX
Professional Fire Damage Restoration Service in Dallas, TX
The aftermath of a structure fire is overwhelming. The losses are difficult to accept as you are surrounded by the destruction of personal items and the shelter itself.
However, accepting what is lost and adjusting to the circumstances is the only way forward. With an experienced Dallas fire damage restoration company working for you, you’ll be on your way back to normalcy.
For decades, SERVPRO of North Irving has helped countless property owners recover their fire-damaged properties in Dallas, TX. We understand the hardships and adjustments that come along after a fire. We do our best to minimize the recovery time.
Who you choose to manage your property restoration is a major decision. We’re here on standby to take your call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. SERVPRO is “Faster to any size disaster” and we do all we can to make the process efficient. Call us at (972) 986-7677 with any fire damage recovery questions and for a free quote.
SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process
After experiencing a major loss, you may be leery of placing your property recovery in the hands of a Dallas fire damage restoration company. We’re with you every step of the way through the fire restoration process and are transparent about all that is involved. To keep you updated and answer any questions you may have, we assign you a single point of contact.
A frequent question we hear is “What does a fire restoration company do?” We’ve put together this guide to familiarize you with how it works.
Phase 1: Fire Damage Inspection and Assessment
So what all is involved with Dallas Fire damage restoration? Fire and smoke damage restoration is about bringing the property back to its preloss condition. To plan out the process, we must have a list of everything that is damaged.
We address what is beyond the surface of the obvious signs of damage to ensure that everything is recovered. This means we check the rooms and spaces adjacent to the affected area. Once we have all damage identified and itemized, we can begin the fire remediation work.
Phase 2: Board-Up and Roof-Tarp
SERVPRO is prepared to get started on the work immediately, but we may not be able to start until we have authorization (for example, from the insurance adjuster).
Fire damage often leaves the property vulnerable to secondary damage from rain, vandalism, or theft. Imagine shattered windows, gutted walls, or holes in the roof left unguarded for several weeks.
We board up and tarp these areas to create temporary protection. Insurance companies may want to know what was done to prevent additional damage, and board up and tarping is a proactive safeguard.
Phase 3: Water and Smoke Removal
When people think of fire damage, they usually imagine singed corners and piles of ash. So why would there be water damage too?
Fire sprinklers dispense 8-24 gallons of water per minute and a firehose dumps 50-125 gallons per minute, and this leaves behind water damage.
We eliminate damaging water and moisture with high-powered extraction machines, dehumidifiers, and air circulation acceleration. Lingering moisture will lead to mold growth, so the job is not done until everything is completely dry.
Fire damage leaves behind damaging soot, messy ash, and a strong odor. We use advanced techniques, specialized equipment, industrial cleaners, and air scrubbers to eliminate all remnants of smoke damage.
Phase 4: Fire Damage Restoration
Our goal is to restore rather than replace. We’ll clean, disinfect, and sanitize all that can be recovered, including personal items.
One way we recover personal property is with our Esporta Wash System. We place contaminated soft goods into the machine for thorough fire cleanup. Once these items have been processed, they will have achieved food grade cleanliness.
What cannot be restored will be rebuilt and replaced. We’ll replace drywall, wooden construction, paint, and put in new carpet. Our Dallas reconstruction services will do whatever it takes to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Damaged Contents Restoration Service
Looking over all that has been severely damaged by fire, you may wonder how any of it could be recovered. Is it all bound for the dumpster? Not necessarily. Our Dallas Fire damage restoration services use a variety of techniques to restore your possessions.
While we may not be able to bring photos and documents back to their original condition, we can salvage the items for safekeeping.
Types of materials we restore:
- Paper documents
- Books and magazines
- Manuscripts and files
- Photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- Blueprints and maps
One of our most effective techniques is also used by Library of Congress historians. We use a vacuum freeze-drying process which is the only document preservation method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). We also sterilize the documents using gamma irradiation technology.
Digitizing allows you to have a copy of the original when its present quality is perishable. We’ll scan and store your items in a confidential manner to protect your privacy.
Below is a complete list of document recovery methods our technicians use:
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
We understand that furniture purchases are a major investment. The cost of a new set of furniture is considerable, and antique furniture is irreplaceable.
The first thing we do is separate the legs of furniture from contact with harmful elements (such as wet carpet).
We’ll apply the most appropriate remedy for each piece of furniture. We disassemble the furniture to give each component a thorough cleaning.
- Dry cleaning - Clean light residue from furniture surface or as a pre-treatment prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet cleaning - Removes moderate to heavy residues from the furniture.
- Spray and wipe - Used on furniture that would be damaged from too much exposure to water/soaking.
- Foam cleaning - Cleans upholstery fabrics would shrink or bleed from water-based cleaning.
- Abrasive cleaning - Agitation of the surface for stubborn soiling.
- Immersion cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of an industrial cleaning product.
Some might guess that dusting the ashes off electronics is enough to clean them. The truth is that residue from smoke is acidic and corrosive to the electronic components over time.
We advise you not to attempt to turn on or use electronics that have been in a structure fire. Let the professionals clean these up for you so they can be saved. SERVPRO will carefully restore your televisions, DVD players, computers, etc. with our expert electronic fire damage cleaning techniques.
How Much Does it Cost to Restore Fire Damage in Dallas?
The average cost of Dallas fire damage restoration is $13,730 (while the national average is $13,566).
- Square footage of the damage.
- Depth of the damage.
- How much soot and smoke damage.
- How much water damage.
For more information on fire restoration costs, read our smoke damage repair costs guide! Keep in mind that the figures mentioned above are industry averages for fire damage restoration companies and do not necessarily reflect SERVPRO’s pricing structure. To get an idea of what we would charge, please contact SERVPRO directly for pricing information.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Restoration?
Most homeowner insurance policies do provide coverage for structure fire damage. Some may cover expenses for temporary relocation. Be sure to save proof of your expenses such as receipts for lodging and new clothing.
If you’ve been living in a house for many years, you’ve likely forgotten what level of coverage you secured. To refresh your memory, it’s a good idea to set up a meeting with your insurance agent to go over your coverages prior to any fire event. Ask about deductibles and how much coverage levels for personal property and temporary relocation. You may need to increase your coverage or initiate a new policy with another company that offers more benefits.
We work with your insurance company to make the process as efficient as possible. Because of our great reputation, SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many major insurance carriers.
Does Fire Damage Affect HVAC systems in Dallas?
During a structure fire, smoke and soot travel into the ducts of your HVAC system, even when the system is not running. Aside from being a health hazard, the soot and smoke damage warps the ductwork.
Dallas fire damage restoration addresses the HVAC system with a full inspection, cleaning, and sealing. This resolves many climate control and air quality issues caused by the fire damage. Our goal is to keep your environment comfortable and healthy by ensuring that your HVAC system’s life is not shortened by this unfortunate event.
Certified Dallas SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Service Ready 24/7
Fire damage is one of the most unfortunate things to happen to a home or business. You’re surrounded by loss and destruction. We understand the stress that comes with fire events. Our team of Dallas professional fire restorers is here to pick up the pieces and get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
When you hire SERVPRO for fire damage restoration services, you will have a single point of contact and we will communicate with your insurance company on your behalf. This makes the process efficient and reduces stress for the property owner. Call us today to get started on your fire damage restoration process. We’re available 24/7 year-round for emergency contact at (972) 986-7677.