Fire Restoration and Smoke Damage Experts
Abbotts Fire & Flood of San Diego offers expert fire restoration services for commercial and residential properties in San Diego County.
Whether you are looking to reverse fire damage or remove smoke odor or residue, our team provides guaranteed results and excellent service. We use state-of-the-art tools and techniques and a 24/7 response line to ensure prompt estimates.
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Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Services in San Diego
Fires not only cause significant property and structural damage, they can also threaten lives – particularly if you are home or at work when the fire starts.
And regardless of whether the fire was contained, large, or small, damage caused by smoke can sometimes cause even more damage than flames. These damages are accompanied by financial concerns, especially in regard to replacing lost items and property restoration.
The Smallest Fires Pose the Largest Risk
Many common household items are potential fire hazards, including improperly disposed of matches, electrical outlet faults, cigarette butts, and more. While some fires manage to stay contained to a single room, structural damage and other factors leave room for risks of additional fires.
The best way to guarantee a complete home recovery is to seek the aid of a professional fire restoration company that will completely investigate the area. Some dangers aren’t brought to the homeowner’s attention until fire restoration services survey the area and render repairs.
Dangers Posed by Smoke Damage
Many homeowners make the mistake of believing that smoke only leaves a light stain and odor in its wake, unlike fire hazards which are more apparent. Attempting to clean the smoke stains and surrounding surfaces tends to worsen the damage due to a reaction with our skin’s natural oils. These oils and salts can cause even more permanent damage, which is why it’s essential to follow proper cleanup protocol.
For individuals who have become victims to a fire, smoke damage should be a high priority. Beyond property damage, smoke leaves behind toxic residues that pose a health risk upon inhalation.
Smoke tends to cause more property damage over time due to its acidity. It can:
- Damage electrical components
- Eat away at furniture finishes
- Damage paint
All of which can lead to the possibility of another fire in the future. Plus, because smoke lingers in the air, it leaves unhealthy conditions within the environment long after the flames have been put out.
Professional restoration services can effectively restore property with significant smoke damage and clean areas exposed to smoke. Even in the case where there aren’t obvious signs of smoke damage, it’s important to have the home inspected and properly cleaned.
Has a portion of your residential or commercial property been exposed to any type of fire or smoke damage?
Call Abbotts Fire & Flood for fire and smoke restoration services throughout the San Diego area. We are experts in assisting businesses and homeowners alike in the event of a fire, and we maintain a 24/7 emergency line to provide assistance in the worst-case scenario.
Water Damage Prevention Once the Fire’s Extinguished
Homeowners and business owners are most likely to consider water damage last, if at all, in the case of a fire. However, because the fire department will almost always use a large amount of water to extinguish a structure fire, your property will be at risk for mold, waterlogging, and dry rot long after the fire threat is gone.
At Abbotts Fire & Flood of San Diego, we’re aware of these post-fire threats and provide efficient services in order to prevent subsequent damage.
Although fires are usually unexpected, the faster you respond to fire damage, the quicker you prevent more issues down the line–smoke residue is removable, and its damage is reversible if you seek help from one of our technicians.
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San Diego Fire Damage Restoration FAQs
Can smoke residue be as dangerous as the fire itself?
People that experience a small fire in their San Diego home often think that the damage is restricted to a single room. Unfortunately, days later they will usually discover smoke residue in other parts of the home, despite the flames having been contained to one room.
This happens because smoke gets absorbed by bedding, carpets, curtains, and other soft furnishings; it can also become attached to ceilings, walls, and floors. This smoke residue is the fuel that has not been completely spent, and it can be the tinder for future fires. To reduce this risk, it’s important to consult with a professional San Diego remediation service.
What to do in the event of smoke damage?
In the unfortunate event that you have sustained smoke or fire damage to your home, you should take the following measures:
- Find Temporary Accommodations: After a fire, the most serious damage is often within the structure of the building and remains unseen. Until the extent of the damage has been investigated, you should seek safe temporary housing.
- File an Insurance Claim: Your next step should be to complete and submit an insurance claim. This needs to be done as soon as possible as any delay may lead to your insurance company disputing the claim.
- Call Our San Diego Fire & Flood Damage Technicians: Our team of skilled experts will help you secure the damaged area and prevent further fires. Having evaluated the damage, we will give you an estimation of the repair costs. We can also help you in the completion of your insurance claim if you require assistance with that.
What is the process of fire damage remediation?
First, we will perform a detailed assessment of the damage. An Abbotts Fire & Flood San Diego inspection officer will identify all areas of the home or business that have been affected. Once identified, we will put together a comprehensive remediation plan for those affected areas. As we work through the process, our team will always keep you updated on what’s happening and what’s required to get your San Diego home or business back to normal.
Getting your home or business back to the way it was depends on a host of factors, including size, number of rooms, features, and extent of the damage.
Who needs to be informed about the fire damage?
Unlike going through a general contractor, if you use our fire damage restoration service, we can handle all aspects of your situation – from submitting your insurance claim to getting your San Diego home or business back to order.
We understand that a fire damage situation is already stressful enough – let us take care of it so you don’t have to.
Is it possible to remain in the home or business during the fire restoration process?
Although temporary relocation can seem inconvenient and annoying, it’s a much better option than remaining in an unsafe building. Potential structural damage, inhalation of smoke residue, and subsequent fire hazards are all dangerous risks that aren’t worth taking.
Alternative temporary housing is the best option all around. You might also consider making arrangements for mail or other deliveries to go to the temporary address. Gas, water, and electricity services at the residence should be suspended at your main residence, along with phone and broadband services.
Can fire damage repair be done without using a professional San Diego fire damage restoration service?
This is not something you should consider conducting yourself. You do not know the extent of the structural damage your home or business has sustained. There are also special techniques and equipment needed to completely get rid of the smoke residue. If smoke residue isn’t completely taken care of, it can increase the risk for more fires in the future – this could cause your insurance company to disqualify your claim, citing negligence as a cause.
On-Call Fire Damage Technicians 24/7
Once we receive a call regarding fire damage, Abbotts of San Diego quickly begins to minimize and eliminate your property’s smoke damage. First, we use tarps to protect and enclose your home from the elements, further damage, and theft.
Once that’s complete, we use containment techniques (such as dehumidifiers, ventilation, and other equipment) to isolate areas affected by smoke and fire damage. This helps to dry the interior and prevent the spread of contaminants and mold growth.
Once the damage is contained, we can help you salvage and restore your personal property; we even offer storage solutions until your home is back to normal.
We’ll help you move forward by coordinating with your insurance adjuster to get plan approvals. Once a plan is in place, we’ll strive to restore your property to a pre-loss state and help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
San Diego Fire Damage Repair Steps
We don’t keep our industry expertise a secret – it’s important for all of us to educate ourselves on what needs to be done before an unexpected disaster strikes.