Levels of Fire Damage in Pensacola
Our Technicians Thoroughly Investigate the Extent of the Fire Damage Before Determining the Plan of Action
Say the words ‘house fire’, and the first image for many people is a burned-out structure with total property loss. The reality is that most damage is due to the residue left behind by smoke and soot. If the fire was slow-burning and quickly extinguished, the home and its contents are restorable to their pre-fire state.
Before we start to repair fire damage to a Pensacola home, it is important to understand which levels of fire damage our response team encounters. The severity of the fire determines the number of personnel, type of equipment, cleaning solutions, and how long we need to be on the job. SERVPRO has determined three levels that define our tasks after a fire has struck your home.
Minor Damage – Smoke residues do not affect the entire house or apartment. The amount of residue is light to moderate. Restoration services include dry and wet cleaning of the structure, furniture and personal property. Only minor items (small lamps or paperback books) require replacing, and only a few walls and ceilings need repainting.
Medium Damage – The smoke residues affect more areas of the home. The residue is more pronounced, meaning that wet cleaning is necessary for more property and dry cleaning may not be possible at all. Our technicians can still clean most of the damaged property on the site though. The amount that requires replacement is higher and includes larger items such as furniture. There is heat damage to cabinets, and drywall, wood floors may need refinishing. Smoke odors are much stronger with medium damage and may still linger after cleaning. If so, technicians require additional time and equipment to deodorize your home.
Major Damage – Structure and property damage is severe near the source of the fire. Repair or replacement of interior walls and support beams is needed. Smoke residues are throughout the home and smoke odors are exceptionally powerful and pungent. The structure requires extensive cleaning and deodorization; furniture and other personal property require cleaning using machines and chemicals available only at a SERVPRO facility. Emergency services, to include boarding up the home and quick removal of debris, are needed to prevent further loss due to weather, continued residue exposure and possibly trespassers. Our technicians must also establish a source of electricity to support restoration efforts.
Recovery after a fire is not a simple process and may take an extended period. SERVPRO of West Pensacola understands this, and with decades of experience in restoring Florida homes, stands ready to walk you through every process and help get you through recovery as fast as we can. Call us today at (850) 469-1160 to begin.