Abbotts Fire & Flood of San Diego offers expert restoration services when disaster strikes, to both commercial and residential properties in San Diego county. Whether you are looking to reverse resulting fire damage, or remove smoke residue, our team provides guaranteed results and expedient service. We utilize industry-standard tools and techniques and, as important as a fast response time is during a disaster, a 24/7 response line to ensure prompt estimates and more.
Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Services
Countless pieces of property can be damaged catastrophically by fire, as well as the homeowner’s life. Regardless of whether the fire was contained, large or small, damage caused by smoke can cause more damage than flames. These damages are accompanied by financial concerns, especially in regard to replacing lost items and property restoration. Abbotts Fire & Flood offers remediation services at competitive prices, in order to help families, move past fire and smoke damaged homes and property.
When you find yourself in need of smoke and fire damage restoration, throughout the San Diego Area, contact Abbotts Fire & Flood, first. We have restored thousands of damaged properties successfully, bringing them back to their former glory. In addition to refinishing, we also offer cleaning and deodorizing services, to assist in putting your life back together.
The Smallest of Fires Pose the Largest Risk
A wide variety of issues pose incredibly large fire hazards, including improperly disposed matches, electrical outlet faults as well as cigarette butts, and others. While some fires stay contained to a single room, things like structural damage and other factors leave room for risks of additional fires.
The best way to guarantee a complete recovery, is to seek the aid of a professional restoration company to 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 light discoloration and odor in its wake, while fire hazards are more visibly apparent. Attempting to clean the smoke stains and surrounding surfaces tends to worsen the damage, due to a reaction with the oil on human skin. These salts and oil can cause damage to be more permanent, which is why it’s essential to understand and follow cleanup techniques and proper protocol.
For individuals who have become victims to a fire, smoke damage should be a top concern. Beyond property damage, smoke leaves behind toxic residues that pose a health risk upon inhalation. Smoke residue is also harmful when it comes into contact with the body, posing significant health risks to all household occupants, through absorption.
Smoke tends to cause more property damage over time, simply because it is able to travel anywhere in a house and possesses an acidic nature. Electrical components can be damaged, while smoke also slowly eats away at furniture finishes, as well as paint, which all leads to the possibility of another fire in the future. And, because smoke lingers in the air, it leaves unhealthy conditions within the environment far after the flames have been put out.
However, 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 worth your while to have homes inspected, and properly cleaned in the event they have been exposed to fire.
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 business and homeowners alike, in the event of a fire, to clean and recover any amount of damaged and lost belongings. We maintain a 24/7 emergency line, in order to effectively provide assistance in the situation of a 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. But you have to consider the method of extinguishing a fire, once a fire department responds to a report of a structural fire. Their top goal is to extinguish flames first, until they’ve eliminated any and all fire threats. Because the fire department utilizes large amounts of water, your residential and commercial property will be left at risk of mold, waterlogging and dry rot, long after the fire threat is gone.
Abbotts Fire & Flood of San Diego is aware of these post fire threats and provides reliable and efficient services in order to prevent subsequent damage, quickly. Although fires are usually unexpected, the faster you respond to fire damage, the quicker you prevent more down the line after the initial fire took place. Smoke residue is removable, and its damage is reversible if you seek help from one of our technicians. Abbotts is ready to quickly respond to your damaged structure, with our team of IICRC fire and smoke restoration certified technicians.
We can also provide water remediation services, in order to prevent problems from occurring further down the road. Considering how rapidly fire hoses and fire sprinklers can flood your home with large amounts of water, it’s important to have someone with the tools, experience and plans to stop the damage, and reverse it before it grows beyond control.:
Frequently Asked Fire Damage Restoration Questions:
Can smoke residue be as dangerous as the fire itself?
People that experience a small fire in their homes often are under the misconception that the damage is restricted to a single room. Days after a fire, they discover smoke residue all over their home or business, despite the flames being contained in one room.
The reason being that smoke passes by bedding, carpets, curtains, and other soft furnishings, the residue clings to them. Smoke residue can also become attached to ceilings, walls, and floors.
Smoke residue is the fuel that has not been completely spent, and it can be the tinder for subsequent fires. To reduce this risk and ensure that your home or business are entirely free from smoke residue, you should consult with a professional remediation service.
What to do in the event of smoke damage?
In the unfortunate circumstances that you have sustained smoke or fire damage to your home or business, then you should take the following measures:
- Find Temporary Accommodation for the Residents. With fire, the damage can often be to the structure of the building and remain unseen. Until the extent of the damage has been ascertained, you should seek alternative accommodation. Smoke residue also poses a threat from ignition during a subsequent fire. Removing people from the hazard is the safest option.
- 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 Fire and Flood Damage Technicians. Our team of skilled, experienced, and dedicated experts will assist you in securing the fire-damaged area and prevention of further fires caused by smoke residue. 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 off, we will carry out a detailed assessment of the damage. An Abbotts Fire And Flood inspection officer will identify all areas of the home or business that are affected. Once identified, a comprehensive remediation plan for those affected areas can be made. At all stages, we will keep you updated on what is required to get your home or business back to a habitable state.
Getting your home or business back to a good condition depends on a host of factors such as its size, number of rooms, features, and of course, the extent of the damage.
Who needs to be informed about the fire damage?
If you use our fire damage remediation service, we can take care of all aspects of your situation. From first submitting your insurance claim to getting your home or business back to order, we will take care of everything. Using just a general contractor will mean that you also have the headache of dealing with them and a specialist smoke remediation team. Let us take the strain of the situation so that you don’t have to.
Is it possible to remain on the home or business during the fire remediation process?
Although temporary relocation can seem inconvenient and annoying, it is a much better option than remaining in unsafe accommodation. Potential structural damage, inhalation of smoke residue, and subsequent fire hazards are risks that you should not be taking. Alternative temporary accommodation is the best option all round. Temporary accommodation is just that; you will return eventually. However, you might consider it a good idea to make arrangements for mail or other deliveries to go to the temporary address. Also, gas, water, and electricity should be suspended, along with phone and broadband services.
Can fire damage repair be done without using a professional 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. Also, there are special techniques and equipment needed to completely get rid of the smoke residue. There is the risk of further fires occurring, and your insurance company could disqualify your claim, citing your negligence as a cause.
On Call Fire Damage Technicians 24/7
Once we receive a call in regard to fire damage, Abbotts of San Diego gets straight to work in order to minimize and eliminate all of your property’s smoke damage. We utilize protective tarps to quickly protect, and enclose your structure from the elements, further damage, as well as theft. Then, in an effort to isolate areas effected by smoke and fire damage, we use containment techniques by use of dehumidifiers, ventilation and other equipment to rapidly dry and prevent the spread of contaminants and growth of mold. Once the damage is contained, we work to assist in the salvage and restoration of various articles of property, offering storage solutions until your residence is ready to receive it again.
Let us help you move the work along, by coordinating with your insurance adjuster to get plan approvals, and bring your property back to it’s former stat. Once a plan is in place, Abbotts will work within the plan’s scope and strive to restore your property to a pre-loss state thereby providing a sense of normalcy to life as soon as possible.
If disaster has struck your home or place of business, Abbotts is available day or night to take your call. We are experts at handling the full restoration of your property, 24/7, 365 days a year.