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Different Types of Storm & the Damage They Bring

7/2/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can be incredibly damaging to your home. There are many different elements a thunderstorm may include, such as lightning, wind, rain, and hail. While there is only so much you can do to protect your home from a natural disaster, understanding the different types of storms and how they may damage your home can help you properly plan if a bad storm is headed your way and know what to expect in the aftermath.

Depending on the area you live in, you may be at an increased risk of experiencing certain types of storms. Being familiar with the types of storms your area is most likely to experience can be very helpful. The following is an overview of the more common types of storms and how they can damage your home. 

Types of Storms

The different types of storms include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms. Each is damaging in its own way and claims numerous lives each year in the United States. In addition to the deadly nature of storms, they can also severely damage your home. 

Storms often damage homes by infiltrating them with water, causing electrical damage, and damaging the foundation, walls, and roof through heavy wind, lightning, rainfall, and other elements. 

Water damage, fire damage, and heavy damage caused by wind are among the most common ways in which your home can suffer from a severe storm. Below we highlight the three main types of damage that often occur to homes in the United States. These damages include lightning, tornado, and flood damage.

Lightning

Lightning exists with many thunderstorms. They have the power to damage the electrical wiring inside your home. If there are any electrical items plugged into outlets in your home, then they are at risk of damage as well. This includes computers, cell phones, televisions, kitchen appliances, and more. Another way lightning can damage your home is by striking your roof or other parts of your home. Lightning can also lead to home fires that can quickly spread as well.

To prevent lightning damage, be sure to unplug all electrical appliances and items. Also, stay away (and keep children away) from electrical outlets, appliances, and systems during thunderstorms for optimal safety. 

Lightning can also cause the power to go out, so be sure to have flashlights and candles ready before an expected storm. If lightning damage does occur, consider contacting a home damage restoration company near you that offers prompt service. They can restore parts of the home directly affected by lightning such as roof damage as well as damages that occur as a result of an electrical fire caused by lightning.  

Tornadoes

A tornado is a fast-moving vortex of high winds that connects from a cloud to the ground. They appear as a funnel-shaped cloud and can be incredibly violent and destructive. Most tornadoes have 100-mile-per-hour winds or higher, and some can carry winds more than 200 miles per hour. This gives them the potential to be incredibly destructive to a home. 

There is little that can be done to prevent a tornado from causing damage, but a prompt initial response to damage can help the restoration process be more effective. If a tornado warning is given for your area, then be sure to get in the safest place possible where there are no windows. After the storm, check your home for damage and call a restoration professional for fast and effective service. 

Floods

Floods are often more severe than many realize, and they claim hundreds of lives each year in the United States alone. 

A flood occurs when there is an overflow of water in areas that are normally dry. Storms often bring heavy rain to an area. While much of the water absorbs into the soil or goes down drains, storms that produce heavy rain or rain that continues for an extended period of time leads to flooding. Flash floods can also occur if rivers and other water sources become too full and lead to an overflow. 

Floods can damage your home if standing water builds up along the foundation. In many instances, the water and moisture can enter your home through tiny cracks and gaps. If this occurs, it may lead to the need for storm damage restoration. 

Fight Back Against Storm Damage with SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Highland Village is here to help homeowners restore their homes after storm damage. If wind, water, fire, or other elements have damaged your home, then get in touch with us today. 

We offer a 24/7 service so that the restoration process for your home can start right away. You can reach us through phone or email, and our team is happy to answer your questions and guide you through the restoration process. 

How to Stay Safe After Storm Damage Affects Your Home

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with storm damage to your home is always a difficult experience. Many storms occur at an unexpected time with little notice, which makes it all the more difficult to handle the situation. Before the storm, you should have a safety plan in place. However, many do not think about how to stay safe after storm damage affects their home.

There are certain steps that homeowners can take to ensure the situation is handled properly and the risk of injury after the storm is kept to a minimal level. You can also take measures to minimize the damage to your home, which may make the cleanup and restoration process easier and faster. 

Staying Safe After a Storm

The main priority after a storm damages your home is ensuring your safety and your family’s safety. There are many risks to consider, including but not limited to a collapsing roof, fallen electrical wires that are dangerous, and extreme flooding. 

After ensuring optimal safety by understanding the proper steps to take in the immediate aftermath, you can also take steps to help your neighbors and ensure your home is properly protected from further storm damage. Lastly, you should also start the home cleanup and restoration process by contacting a storm damage restoration company to come out remove water and protect damaged areas of your roof and home. 

Listen to the Radio for Any Advisories

The first thing you want to do after storm damage affects your home is to ensure the storm has passed completely. Ideally, you will have a place inside of your home that is safe, and try your best to remain there until it is safe to venture out. During the storm, the power will likely have gone out, which means watching the news or using your cell phone may not be an option. 

If this is the case, then the best option to hear any advisories and receive updates on the status of the storm is by listening to the radio. Of course, if you are able to use your cell phone or television, then you can likely receive the news through those devices as well. 

Leave Your Home If It Has Sustained Structural Damage

Once you have received word that the storm has passed, then you can check on your home. If there is any structural damage, leave the home until the damage restoration company has an opportunity to restore the property. 

In the immediate aftermath, avoid going near any power lines, electrical wires, or water. If you have elderly neighbors whose homes are damaged and you are safe and in good health, then consider checking on them to see if they need assistance before finding a safe place to go. It is best to avoid driving, if possible. 

Practice Caution When Working on Roofs

The best thing to do after storm damage occurs to your home is to call a storm damage restoration company. They can arrive quickly and start the home restoration process in a safe and effective manner. However, if you do plan to start the initial restoration efforts to prevent further damage to your home, then it is essential to use extra caution. 

If you work on the roof, then be sure to be careful while climbing ladders and do not step on any areas of the roof that seem weak and damaged. Also, avoid tasks that require professional assistance, such as replacing severely damaged parts of the roof yourself.

Cover Leaking Roofs to Prevent Further Water Damage

Although it may become unsafe to do extensive work to your roof, laying a tarp across the damaged part of the roof can be an effective way to prevent further water damage inside of your home. If you do not feel comfortable climbing your roof, then you can call a damage restoration company to start the restoration process quickly. 

You can also start the initial efforts of removing water from your home. If there is standing water inside of your home, you can remove it with buckets, towels, and other household items. Also, be sure to take out wet rugs and any carpet that is damaged beyond repair to reduce the impact of water damage to your flooring. 

Consult with the Storm Damage Experts

If your home has suffered storm damage and you need a fast response from a professional and reliable home restoration company, then get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village. 

We help homeowners in the area who suffered fire damage and water damage restore their homes in a fast and effective manner. We are glad to answer any questions you have on the initial phone call, and we take pride in making the cleanup and restoration process as easy and convenient as possible for homeowners after storm damage occurs.

Lightning Causes House Fires in Lantana

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Following scattered thunderstorms in the DFW area, several homes in the Lantana community were set ablaze after being struck by lightning. This photo represents one of these homes and the drastic damage that was inflicted. It goes to show that flood damage is not the only concern regarding heavy storms. We advise all community members to have an emergency plan in place that is adaptable to any situation that may arise. Communicate your plan with other members of your household and involve your neighbors when possible. Practice procedures often in order to build confidence and certainty should an incident occur. Lastly, we at SERVPRO of Highland Village are here to help ensure the safety of those around us. If you are unsure where to begin in formulating your emergency plans, give us a call at 940-241-3434. Our Emergency Ready Profiles help keep you prepared for any disaster.

Storms in DFW

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Here in the DFW area, we are currently experiencing heavy volumes of rain that are affecting homes and businesses in our community. During storms like these, it is important to always keep in mind that flooding can happen anywhere and in a variety of environments. To honor our commitment to helping those in our area, we at SERVPRO of Highland Village are responding faster than any disaster. When catastrophic water damage does strike, our professionals will be the first on-site with expert knowledge to help clean up and restore affected areas with precision.  If you or someone you know has experienced water loss due to these recent storms, please reach out to us at (940)-241-3434. We are standing by and ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Disease

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

With the ever-evolving nature of COVID-19, we at SERVPRO of Highland Village hope to provide you with the tools necessary to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. We advise all community members to practice social distancing and limit physical interaction with others by always staying at least 6 feet apart. Remember to wash your hands frequently and wear a mask in public when possible. Lastly, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose as these facial features can act as pathways for pathogens to enter the body. As we continue to learn more about new ways to stay safe, we will remain mindful of how our actions on the job site affect the health and well-being of others. You can trust that we will take into consideration every measure to ensure our customers are treated like family.

When Should I Acquire Fire Damage Restoration Services?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration involves restoring a home after a home fire. It is important to act quickly after a fire and contact a fire damage restoration company quickly if the repairs require professional assistance. While a minor fire that is put out quickly may not result in the need for professional restoration services, moderate to severe fire damage requires more extensive treatment to minimize replacement costs. 

Waiting too long after a fire occurs can cause the aftermath to be worse, whereas a fire damage restoration company that arrives quickly after the fire can keep the damage to a minimal level. This can help homeowners save thousands of dollars, as well as save precious and sentimental furniture and decorative and antique pieces inside of the home. 

By fully understanding when to contact a fire damage restoration company for prompt service (and when not to), you can make an informed decision that can help you restore the appearance and quality of your home for the lowest cost possible. 

Physical Damage Caused by Flames

Of course, the number one cause of damage in many fires is the flames. The initial fire can be devastating if it continues for an extended period of time. More notably, the repair process for walls, roofs, flooring, furniture, and more that are damaged by flames requires more extensive treatment to restore the damage and avoid replacement.

Additionally, along with flames comes smoke and soot. Smoke and soot pose a unique concern as they can last much longer and cause damage to the home through a slower, more drawn-out process. Due to this, it is essential to promptly remove smoke and soot inside of the home as quickly and as effectively as possible after a fire. Another major concern following a fire is water damage. This becomes a concern if the fire department is needed to put out the flames. 

For small flames that cause little damage to a small area of the home, the homeowner may be able to restore their home to a degree. However, more severe physical damage caused by flames, smoke, soot, and water requires professional fire damage restoration services.

What’s Involved in Fire Damage

Every fire damage restoration is unique, but there is a certain process a professional company may follow. The restoration process typically involves inspecting and restoring structural damage, removing smell and dirt promptly, and dealing with smoke and soot concerns. 

Structural Damage

Structural damage is perhaps the main concern following a fire to your home or commercial property. Structural damage refers to damage to the core foundation of the property. This includes the foundation, walls, roof, flooring, and doors. Structural damage may occur as a direct result of the flames of the fire, although it commonly is the result of water damage in an effort to put out the fire as well. 

The first thing the fire damage restoration professionals will do upon arrival on the scene is to assess the severity and extent of the damage, particularly to the structure of the home. They can begin the restoration process by protecting damaged areas, removing smoke and soot, and drying areas damaged by water. 

Smell and Dirt

While acquiring fire damage restoration services for structural damage may be a given, the damage does not have to be as severe for there to be a need for professional assistance. Fires cause a foul-smelling odor and can stir up dust, dirt, and other contaminants. Fire damage restoration seeks to remove any bad odors that linger in the home after the fire as well as clean up dirt. They can utilize services, such as professional carpet cleaning, scrubbing walls, and various other methods to help sanitize the home. 

Smoke and Soot

Smoke and soot almost always build up in the home in areas the flames spread. After the fire is put out, homeowners still have to address potential damage caused by smoke and soot. Fire damage restoration professionals can arrive at the property promptly to quickly remove smoke and soot and minimize the impact the fire has on the home. They can then work toward the restoration of the structure of the home, furniture, and other surfaces damaged by the smoke and soot. 

Without fire damage restoration, the soot can build up over time and become far more difficult to remove. If too much time passes without removing the smoke and soot, then damaged items may require the replacement of items rather than repair and restoration, which is much more costly. 

Hire a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company

Reach out to our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village today for more information about our fire damage restoration services. We offer a 24/7 emergency service to help minimize the initial damage done to your home and start the fire damage restoration process as quickly as possible.

How Long Does It Take to Restore a House after a Fire?

6/11/2022 (Permalink)

Many families are in a difficult place after a fire occurs inside their home. A frequently asked question that fire damage restoration companies receive is how long the process will take after a fire. This question is often very challenging to answer until after they are able to conduct a thorough inspection of the damage.

However, homeowners can get a general idea of how long the restoration will take by examining the size and severity of the fire and water damage that occurred. By learning more about the process and a tentative idea of how long it takes, homeowners can properly prepare and make necessary arrangements until their home is fully restored. 

Dependent Factors of Timeline

There is a range of factors a professional fire damage restoration company will consider early in the process to provide the homeowner with a tentative idea of how long the process might take. These factors include the size of the home, how many rooms the fire spreads to, and the overall severity of the damage. 

With that said, it is often hard to predict how long the process will take. A broad estimate is between a week and four months to restore a house after a fire. In the most severe cases, it may take up to six months, and some restorations have been completed within a few days. The following is an overview of the more notable factors that affect how long the process takes. 

House Size 

One of the main factors in determining how long a fire damage restoration will take is the size of the house. Naturally, a larger home will require more extensive repairs, but it is not always that simple. One of the main determinations is the type of rooms that are damaged. 

If the fire causes damage to rooms that require extensive repairs, such as the living room and kitchen, then the restoration may take longer. If the fire occurs in a room or rooms in which there are not as many items, such as a spare bedroom, then the repair may not be as complex and subsequently, it will take less time. 

Keeping in mind that every situation is unique regardless of the size of the home, fire damage restoration to a small home may only take around three weeks or less. For medium-sized homes, the restoration may take up to two months. For large homes that need extensive repair, the fire damage restoration can take as many as six months. 

Size of the Fire

Another major factor that affects how long the restoration process will take is the size of the fire. A small fire has less potential to spread, and if it is put out early then it may not cause much damage. In this case, thoroughly cleaning the area that was subject to the fire, removing a minor amount of soot, and cleaning and sanitizing the area might be all that is required. This may only take several days to a couple of weeks.

For larger fires, the threat of the fire spreading is larger. If the fire spreads into multiple rooms, then the restoration can take several months to complete. Of course, there are additional factors to consider as well, including how long it takes for the homeowners (or neighbors if the homeowners are away) to call for assistance.

Overall Damage

Fire damage restoration professionals examine a lot of factors when determining how long the restoration will take, but the ultimate deciding factor in how long the process takes is the overall damage. This is determined by the size of the home, how many rooms the fire spreads to, the type of rooms that are affected, and how soon after the fire the restoration company is able to begin its process. 

If the fire does not cause any serious damage to hard to repair items, such as the roof or interior of the walls, and only requires minor restoration, then the restoration process may take anywhere from several days up to a month. 

On the other hand, if the overall damage is severe, then the restoration can take up to six months. This is because a lot will have to be done before the actual restoration begins, including removing all water, soot, and smoke and cleaning and sanitizing the affected areas. The process may also take longer for more severe overall damage if issues such as roof replacement are required. 

Consider Working with a Fire Damage Restoration Company

Our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village offers professional fire damage restoration. If your home was damaged by fire and water and you need a prompt response from a reliable damage restoration company, then give us a call today. We can provide more insights into the restoration process, and we offer 24/7 emergency service.

What is Fire Damage Restoration?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration is the process of restoring a home or commercial property after a fire occurs. There are several steps involved with the fire damage restoration process, including an initial assessment of the fire and water damage, an immediate board up to prevent further damage, removing all water and smoke, cleaning and sanitizing, and finally restoring all furniture, floors, walls, etc., that were damaged during the fire. 

With fire damage restoration, it is not only the fire damage that the owner has to worry about. If the fire department is called, which is often the case, then the home may have water damage as well caused by efforts to put the fire out as quickly as possible. A professional fire damage restoration company can deal with water damage concerns as well. 

Restore Your Home Back to Normal

Fire damage restoration aims to restore the property back to the way it was before a fire. Of course, every situation is unique and the efforts needed to restore the home are dependent on the area that is damaged and the severity of the damage. However, the primary goal in every situation is to restore as much of the home as possible, utilizing replacement as a last resort. 

It is helpful to understand how the fire damage restoration process works to determine whether or not it is right for you after a fire occurs inside your property. Fire damage restoration is generally a good idea for people who want to restore their home back to the condition and appearance it was before. It also aims to remove health hazards after a fire. 

How It Helps 

As mentioned, there are certain steps a fire damage restoration company will follow, although the specific steps may vary based on the specifics of the situation. However, it generally involves the following steps:

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Removal of water and smoke
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas
  • Restoration of all damaged areas

The benefits of fire damage restoration may include the ability to save money from replacement costs, restoring items with sentimental value, and removing any safety hazards inside your home. The following are several ways in which fire damage restoration can help after a fire occurs inside of your home or business. 

Removes Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

During the inspection process, the fire damage restoration professionals will make note of any and all areas of the home that were damaged by fire or water. It is important to call a restoration company as soon as possible after a fire occurs to have the best chance at restoring the damage. When the professionals arrive, there is often a large amount of smoke that exists inside the home. Soot, which is a black powdery substance that results when the matter does not burn all the way, may exist as well. 

It is important to remove all smoke and soot as quickly as possible. A professional fire damage restoration company can use professional equipment and specialized techniques to remove soot and smoke from all surfaces, including the floors, walls, windows, and more. 

Water Removal and Drying

In many instances, the water damage is just as problematic as the fire and smoke damage. With this understanding, the fire damage restoration professionals will remove any standing water as soon as possible after a fire occurs. 

Afterward, they will then use dehumidifiers, air movers, and other professional equipment to remove as much water and moisture as possible. This ensures the damage is kept to a minimum and saves the owner money by restoring walls, floors, ceilings, and more, which may have otherwise required replacement. This process helps prevent more severe concerns such as black mold. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

To this point, most of the effort the fire damage restoration company has put forward is to prevent any further damage. The next step is to clean and sanitize all damaged areas, including floors, walls, ceilings, furniture, and more. The professionals will do everything possible to restore the appearance and condition of all damaged areas to where they were before the fire. 

They will also use air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any foul odors that exist. After cleaning and sanitizing all areas, minor repairs are likely to be recommended. For damages that are beyond repair, replacements might be in order to restore the appearance and condition of the home or commercial property. 

Work with the Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

There is nothing worse than experiencing a fire inside of your property. The situation, however, can be made less stressful by calling a fire damage restoration company as soon as possible. Our team responds promptly to all who are interested, and we offer a 24/7 emergency service. If you want to learn more about fire damage restoration, then get in touch with our professionals at SERVPRO of Highland Village today.

Average Fire Damage Restoration Cost

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

It is helpful to understand the average fire damage restoration cost before calling a professional restoration company. Of course, there is a wide range of potential costs and many factors that dictate how much the restoration will be, including the size of the fire, location of the damage, how much of the home can be restored, and insurance coverage. 

Regardless of the final cost, fire damage restoration is often far more cost-effective than the alternative. Without it, the homeowner may have to pay for the replacement of expensive items that are not covered by insurance.

With that said, there are certain expectations homeowners can have from a financial standpoint. The following is an overview of fire damage restoration costs, including insights into how companies determine the final price. 

Determining the Average Cost of Fire Damage Restoration

The average fire damage restoration cost is between $4,000 and $10,000. While this is a broad range, homeowners can determine a more accurate idea of how much their restoration will be by knowing the most notable factors that affect the price. The following are four considerations a professional fire damage restoration company will consider when determining the price. 

Location of the fire

Perhaps the factor that affects the price the most is the location of the damage. Fire damage to a small bedroom is not going to be as difficult and expensive to repair as damage to a kitchen. Significant damage to the floors, walls, and roof will raise the price as well. 

Due to this, the first thing a fire damage restoration company will do is inspect the damage and determine the areas that are affected. Whereas a minor repair to one bedroom may only cost several thousand, a complete kitchen restoration can cost as much as $50,000. 

The reason the location is so important is that certain equipment is more valuable and more difficult to restore. Whereas damage to bedroom carpet does not require extensive service, restoring kitchen cabinets, roofs and other more expensive items is more time-consuming and requires more resources. 

Size and spread of the fire

The place the fire originates is likely to be the most damaged area in the home, but fire can spread quickly and damage surrounding areas as well. In some instances, rooms that were not damaged by the fire may still have smoke, soot, and water damage. 

The size of the fire is perhaps the second largest determining factor in price. Of course, the more areas that need to be restored, the more expensive the cost will be. This is because it will take the fire damage restoration technicians more hours to complete the service, and they will need to use more resources to complete the restoration. 

Items that need to be replaced or restored

In addition to the location of the home and the size of the fire and water damage, the items that need to be restored play a significant role. For example, many fires originate in the kitchen. When this occurs, all appliances, including the dishwasher, refrigerator, sink and stove, require extensive restoration or replacement, which raises the cost. Additionally, the floors and kitchen cabinets likely require restoration as well. 

On the other hand, damage to a room that has less in it, such as a den, small bedroom, or home office, may have fewer and less vital items to restore. 

Then, of course, replacement is more expensive than restoration. The main goal of a fire damage restoration company is to restore as much as possible to avoid replacement and ultimately lower the cost for the homeowner. However, there are times when restoration is not an option and replacement is required. 

Homeowners insurance coverage

Last but not least, the homeowner’s insurance coverage will play a huge role in the cost of the fire damage restoration for the homeowner. Although it may not have much of an impact on how much the fire damage restoration company charges, it does impact how much of the cost the homeowner is responsible for. 

Whereas some coverages may include all costs for the restoration, a less extensive insurance policy may only cover certain areas or items of the home. To find out how much the cost of fire and water damage restoration will likely be, it is best to first check with the insurance company to determine what costs they will take care of. 

Speak to an Experienced Fire Damage Restoration Company

If you have fire and water damage to your home and need fast and reliable damage restoration, then give our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village a call. We are available 24/7 for emergency fire damage situations. Our team is happy to answer your questions about restoration costs and guide you through the difficult time after a home fire.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your home is a devastating experience. In addition to the fire damage, there is generally a fair amount of water damage also due to sprinkler systems or firefighters. Fortunately, not all is lost after fire and water damage occurs, and there are many times when the home can be restored without major renovations.

To make things a little easier, it is encouraged to consider a fire damage restoration company to restore as much damage as possible. They typically work fast to restore items that are expensive or carry sentimental value. 

Although each company may use its own process, there are certain steps that one can expect during the aftermath of fire damage. The following is an overview of the restoration process. 

What is Fire Damage Restoration?

Fire damage restoration aims to restore as much of the home as possible after a fire occurs. The repairs may include deep cleaning carpet and furniture, removing a buildup of smoke and soot on the walls, floors, and roof of the home, as well as getting rid of any foul odors that linger. 

The primary goal of fire damage restoration is to restore rather than replace. This means the company will do a thorough assessment of every inch of the home and restore all that does not require replacement.

Of course, restoration after fire and water damage is time-sensitive. The longer furniture, floors, walls, etc., remain damaged by fire and water, the harder the home is to repair. Because of this, fire damage restoration technicians work efficiently to remove all water and soot buildup to salvage as much as possible and avoid costly replacements.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process in 7 Steps

Every company will have a unique process, but there are expectations homeowners can have when they hire a fire damage restoration company. It is helpful to know what to expect to better understand the importance of professional fire damage restoration. The following is a general seven-step process for restoring damage caused by fire and water after a home fire occurs. 

Contacting a fire damage restoration company

The first step in the fire damage restoration process is to contact a company that specializes in the service. It is ideal to contact the fire damage restoration company the same day or night as the fire, but it can wait until the next day if you are dealing with trauma from the incident. However, the sooner the restoration can begin the better. 

Fire damage inspection and assessment

The first thing the fire damage restoration company will do is inspect and assess the damage. They will make note of all that was damaged, which may include flooring, furniture, and more. They will also make note of odor caused by smoke and fire, which generally requires professional removal. 

Board-up and roof tarping

After inspection, the technicians will board up any areas of the home that cause additional concern, such as releasing a strong odor. They will also tarp the roof if it is vulnerable to additional damage or collapse. This step is generally only necessary for moderate to severe damage. 

Water removal and drying

Water damage is often a concern after a home fire as well due to sprinkler systems and efforts by firemen to put the fire out quickly. A professional fire damage restoration company will not only know how to restore damage, but they will also remove standing water in the home and professionally dry areas and items that are vulnerable to water damage. 

Smoke and soot removal

Smoke can linger inside a home for hours after a fire occurs. If the company arrives the same day or night as the fire, then they can effectively remove lingering smoke quickly to reduce damage and prevent a buildup of excess soot. They can also begin efforts to remove soot from the home. 

Cleaning and repair

After the initial efforts to minimize damage and determine the best way to restore the home, the cleanup and repair process begins. This may include deep cleaning upholstery and carpet, restoring materials with water damage, and removing lingering odors caused by the fire. 

Complete restoration

The goal of fire damage restoration is to restore as much as possible. While there might be certain areas of the home that require replacement, a professional fire damage restoration company should have the mentality to repair everything possible. This saves the homeowner money. This may take several weeks, depending on the severity of the fire and water damage.

Learn More About Fire Damage Restoration Today

Reach out to our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village to learn more about fire damage restoration. Our professional team has the experience and knowledge necessary to restore homes after fire and water damage. We are more than happy to answer your questions, and we offer a 24/7 emergency restoration service.