The #1 Best Guide To Rebuilding A Fire Damaged House
Rebuilding a fire-damaged house starts with hiring the right team of fire restoration professionals.
No homeowner ever expects their house to be damaged by a fire. However, when a fire tragedy does occur, a homeowner must ensure that the rebuild is adhering to specific regulations and restrictions that will ensure the home is rebuilt in compliance with building codes and laws.
The following blog post will cover the steps necessary to ensure that a property is adequately restored to its preloss condition. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton put together this guide because we understand how overwhelming rebuilding a property can be for those who have recently suffered from a fire damage loss.
Most common reasons why fire damages occur
Restoration contractors receive many calls a year inquiring about fire damage restoration services. The most common reason that fire damages occur is the result of the following:
- Kitchen fires
- Electrical fires
- Candle fires
- Smoking-related fires
- Heater fires
No matter why the fire damage occurred, the right fire restoration contractors will have the professional knowledge to rebuild the property to its preloss condition.
7 Part guide to rebuilding after the fire
Rebuilding a fire-damaged house is not an easy task. A complete rebuild requires the owner to start by contacting the right fire restoration contractor. The right contractor should have the team and crews in place to ensure that all members are on the same page and skilled in rebuilding properties that fires or other natural disasters have damaged. With the right team in place, the following rebuild steps will occur:
Starting point: Board up & tarping
When a house is damaged by fire, the homeowner will want to ensure that the property's windows and doors are adequately boarded up and tarped. The board-up and the tarping process are in place to secure all belongings from further damage and uninvited guests.
2nd step: Documentation
Documentation is the process of taking pre-mitigation pictures and videos and an inventory list of all items damaged during the fire. Fire restoration professionals will commonly use advanced technology that thoroughly scans the property for damages.
3rd step: Water damage restoration
Most people forget to consider that firefighters use gallons of water to put out a fire. Therefore, on every serious fire damage project, water damage restoration services will also be necessary.
4th step: Contents inventorying and cleaning
Contents inventorying and cleaning will start by separating all salvageable and unsalvageable contents. All unsalvageable contents will be removed and thrown away while the salvageable items will go to an offsite location for cleaning. Restorable fire-damaged items include but are not limited to:
- Glass items
- Metal items
5th step: Demolition
Demolition of all burnt structural items is a necessary step in the rebuild process. The structural items that are demolished will be thrown away and hauled to a waste location.
6th step: Structural cleaning
The restoration contractors will deep clean all soot and smoke damage for structural items that do not require demolition. In most cases, structural items made from porcelain, metal, and glass can be cleaned and restored to their pre-fire condition.
Final step: Reconstruction
The final step in rebuilding a house after a fire involves reconstructing the home to its preloss condition. The right restoration contractor will ensure that the house receives new building materials equal to or greater value than what was damaged by the fire.
As you can see, rebuilding a fire-damaged property can be an overwhelming process for those who do not know what they are doing. We hope you enjoyed reading the guide we put together. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or require fire restoration services.