Residential Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration
If you've experienced a fire at your home, you may need professional assistance. We understand that fires are scary and their aftermath can be devastating.
A fire can cause significant smoke damage. And if firefighting measures were taken or your home is equipped with sprinklers, water damage can complicate your recovery.
But the longer you let damage from smoke and water linger, the worse it will become. That's why we're here at all hours, every day of the year, to help you recover.
Need home fire restoration services now? Request an appointment online or call (855) 724-6269 to begin your smoke damage cleanup.
House Fire Damage Repair
If your home has been affected by a fire, we're here to mitigate the damage.
Our residential services address smoke and fire damage in homes of all kinds, including:
- Traditional single-family homes
- Modular homes
We also specialize in commercial fire restoration. Learn about our commercial fire and smoke damage restoration services, ideal for schools, businesses, medical facilities, and apartment complexes.
Residential Smoke Damage Cleanup
We recognize that fire damage comes in all shapes and sizes. Restoring fire-damaged homes of any size must include addressing ancillary smoke damage and water damage.
After a large fire, this damage may be visible, but even after a small incident, smoke damage must be remediated.
During a fire, materials that do not burn entirely may leave behind dangerous waste products like burnt plastic, asbestos-laden building materials, and synthetic fabrics in the form of debris, soot, and smoke. Left unaddressed, these may cause health problems.
Just Had a Home Fire? Here's What to Do Now
Although fires can be dangerous and frightening, it's important not to panic. If you've experienced one, follow our fire and smoke damage cleanup tips:
- Follow all safety instructions provided by your local fire department personnel.
- Move pets, children, and the elderly to a smoke-free environment. Smoke contains carcinogenic gases that can affect their health. Start with a neighbor you trust for immediate shelter, then move them to a temporary home with friends or family until the restoration is complete.
- Open all the windows. This will get air moving to push the smoke out. Don't forget to also turn off your HVAC systems.
- Make that call — you will need professional help. Before you get too busy, hire a fire remediation specialist who can start getting your home back to its original condition.
- Contact your homeowner's insurance carrier. All policies require that policyholders report their loss “as soon as reasonably possible.” Home insurance policies also often require that policyholders take reasonable steps to “mitigate damages” (from tarping a damaged roof to boarding windows and making sure smoldering is stopped).
- Empty your refrigerator and freezer if there is no power. Once empty, prop the door open to prevent odors from building up inside.
- Inventory the contents of your home. Make a list of all items that need to be replaced.
- Take pictures of the damage, too. Because you will need copies for the insurance company, for your own personal records and possibly for the fire investigation authorities, we recommend making a digital inventory that can be accessed from anywhere.
When you've completed these initial tasks, check out our House Fire Checklist and After the Fire: Cleaning Up PDF to learn more about recovering from this kind of disaster — both the structural and emotional damage. You can download and print out this resource to help keep yourself on track.
There are also tasks you should not attempt on your own due to toxic gases or risk of smoldering ash:
- Don't use electrical devices like appliances, stereos, or TVs.
- Don't wipe down the walls, wood trim, furniture, or any other absorbent surface.
- Don't sit on or move upholstered furniture.
- Don't consume any food products, including canned items that were exposed to the extreme heat of the fire.
- Don't turn on home HVAC systems like the furnace or air conditioner.
- Don't water your indoor plants until you wipe down the leaves to remove soot.
Find Home Fire Damage Restoration Services in Your Local Area
As certified fire remediation experts, we use systematic best practices honed over 40 years and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home.
We put the highest value on open communication and customer service. Our crew documents the entire restoration process and restores homes to the condition they were in before the fire, with minimal loss of property from smoke damage.
Choose Rainbow Restoration for all your smoke and fire damage restoration needs. Request an appointment online or call (855) 724-6269 to get started.
FAQs about Fire Damage Restoration
What is considered smoke damage?
Smoke damage occurs any time an item or building is exposed to a fire. Damage caused by smoke is very common, but often undertreated.
The aftereffects of a fire are not always visible, but usually leaves an odor. While there are different types of smoke damage, all types are potentially harmful to your health and should be remediated by a professional.
How long does smoke damage last?
Left untreated, smoke damage is permanent. Even after odors fade, the damage is still there unless the space is professionally cleaned and remediated.
Can I paint over smoke-damaged walls?
Yes, you may paint over smoke-damaged walls, but only after proper remediation takes place! Painting over smoke-damaged walls will not remove harmful toxins or pervasive odors.
How do I initiate the fire and smoke damage insurance claims process?
After a fire, once you and your loved ones are safe, it's important to contact your insurance agency. Doing so in a timely manner will allow the claims process to begin.
Your team at Rainbow International will work with you to document the damage and work with your insurance provider to make the claims process as painless as possible.
How can I practice home fire safety?
From appliance inspections to fire extinguishers, wildfire-safe landscaping and more, there are many ways to prioritize home fire safety. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
Helpful Resources for Homeowners
Dealing with smoke damage after a fire is no fun. We've put together a few resources to help with the recovery process: