When the Unimaginable Happens, You Need The Fire And Smoke Restoration Specialists

When a fire sweeps through your Toronto home or commercial property, it’s frightening, stressful, and emotional. There are a lot of factors to consider—initially, ensuring that all people and pets are evacuated without injury or loss of life. Your next worry will likely be precious and priceless belongings. A big concern is also the property itself. How much damage did the fire do? Will it be cosmetic or extensive and structural? How long will it take to repair and how much will it cost? Will the damage really be able to be 100% repaired?

Make Your Property New Again

In the midst of all of these questions, an experienced fire and smoke damage restoration company will be able to guide you in the right direction, as well as get you started in the repair process.
York Restoration is experienced in working with customers who are in the midst of a traumatic situation such as recovery from serious fire damage to their property. We understand what you’re going through and we know the right steps to make your property like new again.

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Special Considerations

Cleaning and repairing a property after a fire has damaged it isn’t like a typical cleaning job. It’s also different than any regular home building or repair job. There are a host of issues and concerns that are specific to fire damage and it’s really important to work with a company that is familiar with these concerns so as to avoid additional problems down the road.

One concern when it comes to fire damage is time. After a fire is safely put out and the insurance company has been contacted and has given their approval for you to proceed, the race is on to salvage items and materials before damage sets in. You see, soot and ash from a fire is incredibly acidic.

Drying Out Areas

While it will stain most porous materials almost right away, it can be cleaned off of most other items. If allowed to sit for a while, though, the acid in the ash will begin to cause problems. Metal will begin to corrode and rust. Wooden cabinetry, trimwork and furniture will begin to have the finish eaten off of it. Soot and the chemicals put off by a fire will etch and damage glass surfaces. In addition to all of this, as the ash begins to settle in layer after layer, it begins to harden, making it even more difficult to remove.

Restoring Areas

Another consideration in fire and smoke damage restoration? Drying out any areas that have been damaged by the water used to put out the fire. It’s useless to wage a battle against ash only to have areas of your home suffer water damage. York Restoration is skilled at flood damage restoration, as well, so we know how to properly and quickly dry out your home from any excess water. After the water and soot are removed, the restoration process can continue.

Physical Removal

Physical removal of damaged items, ash, and water are only part of the process of bringing your property back from its damaged state. With fire, one of the big problems is the lingering, choking, smoky smell. This can permeate everything from clothing and bedding to floors and doors. The team at York Restoration knows the proper methods to clean your household items, as well as the structure itself, in order to rid it of the smoky smell.

If you have smoke-damaged items that are machine washable, regular laundry detergent will never get the odor out. Our experts know which chemicals to use to get your items smelling like new again.

Cleaning Up Your Property

In order to make your home or commercial property usable again, your fire and smoke damage restoration team will also work to carefully clean all affected surfaces in the home in order to ensure that they are 100% free of ash (which will continue to put off a smell) and odor. We use special chemicals to clean, degrease, and cut through icky soot. Because the heat of a fire can dry out wooden furniture, cabinets or items in your home, we can use special chemicals to gently cleanse them and restore some of the moisture they lost during the fire. Some surfaces, after being cleaned, may have to be sealed in order to trap in any residual odor. Because our team is knowledgeable about the various methods that can be used in order to identify, cleanse away, and get rid of unpleasant odors, we’ll soon have your home smelling (as well as looking) wonderful.

Some Items Will Need Replacement

Certain items in your home or property may not be able to be salvaged even if they were not directly affected by the fire. Rugs and carpeting that sustained extensive soot or water damage, for instance, may need to be thrown out and replaced.

Insulation in walls may have to be replaced, as it can attract and trap a smoky smell. This is especially true for insulation in places such as attics, because smoke rises and tends to get trapped there.

Skilled, Sensitive, And Always On-Call

In the aftermath of a fire, it’s beneficial to have professionals to help guide you through the stressful and often emotional process of putting everything right again. The experts at York Restoration have years of experience in helping distressed property owners with fire and smoke damage restoration, as well as working to make sure it’s done right.

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