Every fire is unique.
Fire damage is one of the most severe types of damage that occurs in a home or building. It often makes the entire structure unfit for occupancy until it’s been decontaminated and repaired. Fire and smoke also typically damage the contents of a home, like clothes and furniture.
General contractors are frequently inexperienced in the specialized equipment and procedures necessary for fire damage restoration. Paul Davis Restoration knows how different materials respond to fire, heat and smoke and what steps need to be taken to minimize and control the damage. We also understand the documentation required for estimating losses so property owners can file succesful insurance claims. With over 40 years in the business you can rest assured that Paul Davis Restoration has both the restoration and general contracting experience necessary to return your home, business and belongings to their condition before the fire. Our company is recognized as the most experienced reconstruction and repair contractor from coast to coast.
What can you do?
You can take these steps before we arrive. However, always follow the recommendations of your fire department or other responding agencies—your health and safety are more important than your possessions. Please don’t take any unnecessary risks.
- Report the fire damage to your insurance company as soon as possible. Most companies have a toll-free call center to take your information, or you can report the loss to your agent.
- If you must turn off your water, take steps to prevent your plumbing and/or heating supply pipes from freezing.
- If you’ve lost power and it’s safe to do so, remove perishable food from your refrigerator and freezer. It’s usually impossible to remove the odor spoiled food creates.
- Keep a listing of anything you’ve discarded and receipts for any expenses you incur in protecting your property. Your insurance claim representative will most likely ask for these items.
- If you must relocate, even temporarily, give your insurance company a phone number where you can be reached.
After this kind of event, you want your home and life back as quickly as possible. At Paul Davis, we do just that.
How can you help?
You’ve suffered smoke and fire damage, and you’ve already taken the next step to restoration by checking out our website. Here are some important things for you to know to get back on track and face your claim:
- Appliances/Electronics: Don’t use any TV, stereo or electronic appliances until a technician checks them. If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerator/freezer completely and prop the doors open with a rolled towel.
- Carpets: Vacuum loose dry soot from carpets. Make sure the vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter to prevent redistribution of fine soot. Avoid walking or tracking on carpet if possible. Do not use “do-it-yourself” home carpet cleaners.
- Ceilings/Walls: Don’t wipe or attempt to wash ceilings or other absorbent surfaces.
- Doors: Close doors on affected areas to contain smoke odors as much as possible.
- Food Items: Don’t eat food exposed to smoke or canned goods subjected to high heat.
- Furnace: Change the furnace or air conditioner filter if the blower is operating. Tape doubled pieces of cheesecloth over air registers with masking tape.
- Furniture: If possible, avoid using upholstered furniture or handling drapes.
- Pets: Remove all pets to a clean environment.
- Plants: Wash plants with mild soap and water, cleaning both sides of the leaves.
- Plumbing: Call a plumber to drain and winterize the system if the heat will be turned off in the winter.
- Windows: If possible, open windows to ventilate.