Fire Damage Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration Process

Your fire damage restoration needs will depend on the type and size of the fire, as well as the location of the fire damage within your property. At Bright Restoration, we do our best to provide you with superior restoration services, salvaging all that we can salvage without compromising the safety and security of your property. Your comfort and sense of security is important to us, which is why we’ve provided a very detailed step-by-step guide to what you can expect when you contact us.

Emergency Contact

When you experience a fire in your home, the effects can be devastating. The best thing to do is to remain as calm as possible and contact the proper organizations. If the fire is still burning, contact emergency services. Once the fire has been contained, contact your insurance company or a public adjuster. Next, reach out to us and we will immediately dispatch highly trained fire damage restoration specialists to your home.

Inspection and Assessment

There are a few common types of fires, as well as different types of smoke damage.  Once we have determined the type of damage we are dealing with, we will develop a customized treatment plan. Each home will have different needs and will sustain varying degrees of smoke and soot damage. Fires may compromise the structural integrity of your home, so we’ll work to determine whether your windows and walls are secure. We will also asses the air quality of your property to ensure safety of all personnel during the restoration process.

Damage Mitigation Services

Our damage mitigation services are completely customized for your restoration needs. After the initial assessment, our highly trained specialists will identify areas that need immediate attention and the appropriate strategies for your home. For example, if your roof has sustained damage, you may require a tarp service to protect your property from further damage until it can be reconstructed. We know it’s important to maintain the security of your home, so we’ll board up areas that are exposed to any hazardous elements as well as unpredictable weather conditions. At this stage of the fire damage restoration process, we’ll also perform any necessary water removal. If your fire was put out with the help of fire trucks, you may have sustained secondary water damage. Removing excess water requires special tools such as air movers and dehumidifiers to move to the next stage of restoration.

Removal of Smoke

After the area has been secured and dried, the next step is to extract smoke and soot from your property. Different kinds of fires will leave different types of residue. For example, if you have a low oxygen fire, it can be more difficult to remove the wet, smoky residue. Drier smoke, such as the smoke left behind in high oxygen fires, can be cleared more easily. One of the things that makes smoke damage restoration difficult is that the building materials of your home will absorb more odor and smoke if water was used to put out the fire. This occurs because the increase in humidity that comes from putting out the fire will make wood more easily penetrable. Smoke damage restoration is incredibly important because burnt plastic, leather and other household chemicals can increase the toxicity in the air. Before we remove the smoke and soot, we make sure to ventilate your home thoroughly.

Cleaning and Repair

Following a fire, there will be a great deal of clean-up to take on. Often, the fire hoses used to put out the blaze will create new problems. For example, items that have been dyed can bleed and create stains. Wet electrical appliances may pose a threat to you and your loved ones. During cleanup, we properly handle, clean, repair, and discard of all affected materials and appliances, and depending on the severity of the fire, we may need to replace drywall and insulation that has been damaged by all the water.

Fire Damage Restoration

The final stage of the fire damage restoration process is focused on returning your home to its previous state. Restoration is different for every fire. You may require full reconstruction of rooms in your home, or you may need to repaint and replace your flooring. We’ve been in the business for over 15 years, which means we’ve seen it all before! No job is too big or too small for our team at Bright Restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration Cost

The costs associated with fire and smoke damage restoration is completely dependent on the severity of the damage to your property. The final cost is determined by a variety of factors. Learn about them on our fire damage restoration costs page.

Common Causes of Fire

Fires can happen for a variety of reasons. In severe cases, the fire authorities will investigate the cause of the damage. Still uncertain about the origin of your fire damage? We recommend you read the common causes of fire and smoke damage.

Claims & Insurance

Fire damage restoration is difficult to deal with, even without the pressure of filing an insurance claim. We have over a decade of experience working with various insurance providers, and we’ll help you navigate the claims and insurance process.

Frequently Asked Questions

A full-service restoration company will be able to restore your home even when you’re suffering from secondary water damage. At Bright Restoration, we’ll develop a customized restoration plan to meet your needs.

There are four main types of smoke damage. They result from protein fires, complex fires,  natural fires, and furnace malfunctions.

Protein Fire Smoke: This occurs when food in the oven or on the stove burns, leaving strong burnt odors and smoke residue on contents and surfaces.

Complex Fire Smoke: Multiple natural and synthetic household items leave black smoke residue on materials and surfaces when burned. Synthetic smoke odors occur as a result. In this instance, emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces.

Natural Fire Smoke: When trees, shrubs, and other greenery burn, smoke can penetrate structures from outside, leaving behind residue and a strong odor.

Furnace Malfunction Smoke: Heating appliances such as furnaces, bedroom heaters, etc. malfunction and cause smoke to be distributed throughout the property.

Fire damage itself does not cause mold, however, if water was used to put out the fire, you may be at risk. Any situation that creates moisture, such as spills underneath the refrigerator, leaks under sinks, and damp basements will create the ideal environment for mold growth.

What Our Clients Say

“Michael dealt with our insurance company for us and got them to pay us for the entire project including the repairs! which saved us a huge headache! We were truly blown away by his level of professionalism. Water damage restoration in Los Angeles is a stressful process, but this team made sure that we were happy with the process every step of the way. So pleased with the work!”


“With the storm that hit LA recently, part of our ceiling in the living room caved in and unleashed all kinds of havoc. We were recommended Bright Restoration by a friends and we weren’t disappointed. From the moment these guys came to our home, we could tell they were experienced and professional. We felt safe in their hands every step of the process and you will too. Thanks, guys!”


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