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What Are the Phases of Fire Restoration Cleaning for Closter Homes?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Fires are devastating. Let SERVPRO restore your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Knowing What to Expect When Fire Restoration Technicians Arrive at Your Home can Help you Appreciate the Need for Qualified Professionals 

There are distinct advantages to entrusting your Closter property to our competent cleaning and restoration professionals after a fire loss. As traumatic as these situations can initially appear, the immediate actions taken to counteract loss and damage can protect the structure, its contents, and its occupants. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training and coursework in specific restoration niches such as Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Odor Control (OCT), and Upholstery Cleaning (UFT.) 

Despite our experience and knowledge in managing fire damage for Closter homes, our preparedness for these emergencies is our service's efficient element. We understand the value of restoration preparation to reach a damaged address quickly and make the recovery process more thorough and intricate.Having customers that can realize these additional levels of our restoration process can appreciate our commitment to making these fire losses "Like it never even happened." 

How Does SERVPRO Set Up for a Fire Loss?  

Preparation can happen in many stages that occur before our technicians officially arrive and begin emergency services or mitigation tasks. As much as homeowners might believe that technicians' immediate arrival might be beneficial, unprepared professionals cannot adequately protect or preserve any impacted elements. These initial conversations with the customer and the insurance company can keep all parties on the same page moving forward with restoration and recovery efforts. Our SERVPRO team sets up for fire losses by: 

  • Allocating resources
  • Comprising the available budget
  • Work orders to detail work to come  

Helping customers understand what to expect after a fire loss incident can offer peace of mind in a trying time. Communication is a vital element to preemptive restoration and recovery work, as we strive to meet your expectations and priorities. No one understands your home as well as you. 

How Does Job Scoping Aid Restoration?  

Initial inspection and evaluation of the fire damaged property in Closter are critical to understanding the extent of damage and what must get done to return the house to the preloss condition. As overwhelming as this restoration might appear when debris and charring exist throughout the property, our trained project managers can work around these hurdles to determine:  

  • Present damage
  • Catalog losses
  • Note pre-existing conditions 
  • Identify safety hazards  

This information gets documented in multiple programs used to determine both the progress of drying, the necessary reconstruction efforts, and the expected costs of the work to get performed. Xactimate and SERVPRO DryBook are two of the standard ports for data entry access to the responding technicians and insurance adjusters working to approve a damage claim for the house.  

What is Staging?  

Another preemptive action that we can take involves preparing a safe and undamaged area near the work zone for staging equipment, products, and devices. Because fire restoration happens in so many different stages, the volume of equipment and products needed to accomplish these tasks is substantial. Bringing these tools in before they are needed is beneficial in multiple ways:  

  • Saves time
  • Prevents cross-contamination 
  • Allows for work areas to be less active
  • Keeps equipment readily available 

Staging is most effective when it occurs in an area adjacent to the workspaces. This space can also serve as a decontamination or clean room, meaning that professionals passing through can reduce tracking ash, soot, and residues through the rest of the house. This buffer room provides adequate opportunity to remove shoe coverings, Tyvek coveralls, and other protective equipment before entering other unaffected areas of the property.  

What is the Benefit of a Final Walkthrough?  

Once the work has completed on the job, including any reconstruction and repairs necessary to return the property to its original conditions, we must complete a quality control inspection of the work areas. This walkthrough is foremost to ensure that all of the projected tasks to recover the property have completed successfully and ensure that the customer is satisfied with these results. It is possible that, through the eyes of homeowners that know the property best, punch list items can get identified that must get resolved before we can say the job is complete.  

Fire loss incidents can present substantial obstacles for even experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County team. Providing quality results and positive customer experiences are vital parts of the fire restoration process for our professionals. Contact us anytime at (201) 244-0100.

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