Fire Damage

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its pre-loss condition requires professional restoration.

For results you can have confidence in, trust Griffin Restoration for the emergency cleanup and restoration of your fire-damaged property. We will assess the damage and work with the insurance company to restore your property in a timely manner.

  • Assess the property for safety hazards and determine what repair work must be done
  • Emergency board up and temporary fence installation
  • Emergency cleanup and disposal of damaged items
  • Deodorization of the salvageable structure
  • Restoration of your property to its pre-loss condition

While waiting for the emergency repair and cleanup to begin, you can do the following to minimize the damage to your property:

Homeowner Tips

  • Call your insurance broker to start a claim
  • Call a restoration contractor to assess the damage and begin cleanup
  • Limit movement to prevent ash and soot from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Take photos of damage for personal records
  • Remove delicate items, such as paintings, from the affected areas

Restoration Process

Emergency mitigation and repair of your property can be a stressful process. While every job is different, the process for our involvement follows the following steps:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Give us a call with the details of your emergency including:

  • Your name
  • Property address
  • Phone number
  • Extent of fire damage
  • Insurance information

Once we have this information, we will arrange a time to perform a damage assessment.

Step 2: Fire Damage Assessment

We’ll send over an experienced project manager to assess what it will take to clean up the damage and to restore your property to its pre-loss condition. A hazardous materials inspection and a structural inspection may be required in order to assess the safety of our workers and the extent of the damage.

Step 3: Secure Site (if required)

Depending on the condition of the property, we may need to secure the site to prevent unwanted access and prevent further damage. Some measures that may be necessary to secure the site:

  • Emergency board up of windows and doors
  • Temporary fencing
  • Tarping the roof to prevent water intrusion

Step 4: Removal of Content and Debris

Before we can begin the repair process, we will need to remove any content and debris from the affected areas. Any contents (furniture, pictures, clothing, etc.) will be taken off-site, cataloged, and cleaned (if determined to be salvageable). All soot and unsalvageable materials will be removed from site, and all salvageable surfaces will be cleaned.

Step 5: Water Extraction and Structural Drying (if required)

After the fire has been put out, there will likely be water damage and standing water from firefighting efforts. Our technicians will extract any standing water and set up drying equipment in order to prevent any further water damage to your property. For more details on this process, please see our section on water damage.

Step 6: Deodorize

After the soot and ash has been cleaned, the smell of smoke will still be lingering. To remedy this, we utilize specialized deodorizing equipment to remove any hard-to-remove odors and seal any affected surfaces.

Step 7: Repair

It’s fairly common for property owners to want work done over what their insurance is obligated to provide. Should you wish this additional work to be done, please let us know, and we’ll generate an estimate for you.

Once all estimates has been approved, a tentative work schedule can be created. Our crews will work diligently to complete work to your property as quickly as possible with minimal disruption.