Fire Damage Restoration
Hallmark Mitigation – Here For You From Beginning To End
We also work with the same pricing program that insurance companies require, giving us the advantage to work alongside the insurance adjuster with the same pricing. Other contractors and builders won’t be able to provide an adequate detailed estimate that insurance can approve. The best way to secure your home or business after a fire and properly restore it is to hire a professional fire damage restoration company.
What to do & not do after a fire
Secure the property and exposed area of your home due to the fire damage; roof, windows, etc. Hallmark Mitigation & Construction can help you with this 24/7 at 832-777-1525.
Contact the Red Cross if you need emergency housing, food, clothing, or other essential items.
Contact your insurance agent.
If weather permits, open windows for ventilation.
If the electricity is off, empty your refrigerators and freezers.
Call a plumber to winterize your home if it’s the winter time.
Keep all receipts for anything you spend money on during your home restoration process. Receipts will be needed to reimburse you from the insurance company.
Do not enter the structure without proper Personal Protective Equipment.
Do not enter the structure until you receive official clearance from the fire marshal.
Do not attempt to wipe or clean fire residues from walls, ceilings, contents, or other absorbent surfaces without professional assistance. You can smear the residue and cause additional damage.
Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture damaged by heavy smoke residue or debris.
Do not use food items or canned goods exposed to heat.
Do not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been cleaned and checked.
Do not touch anything. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork causing additional damage.
Do not use any electric fixtures, switches, or outlets.
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Fire Damage Repairs
When it comes to fire damage repairs, having prior experience restoring homes and businesses after a fire is a priority. There are a lot of intricate processes that have to take place when the fire damages property and materials. First off you have to start by salvaging the property from all the water damage it received from the fire departments. After you have stabilized the structure with dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and more, you can begin taking inventory of damaged items. Here is where a professional fire restoration expert is going to have a lot more experience versus your local contractor. Every room affected by the fire has to be inventoried entirely, top to bottom, every glass, toothbrush, and battery.
After Inventory, removal of all damaged items and building materials can begin. Proper removal to not harm the workers and property is a priority. At this point, your home or business should be pretty bare bones and is when we need to begin the deodorization process. There are several different deodorization techniques that can be used by restoration professionals, depending on the type of building and severity, Hallmark Mitigation has experience with all of them. Once the deodorization is complete, fire damage repairs can begin. Because Hallmark Mitigation has experience working with insurance companies, we provide a thoroughly detailed estimate approved by insurance.
Should I call my insurance first?
No, not necessarily. You want to get a professional restoration contractor on site as fast as possible to assist in securing the scene and boarding up any exposed openings in your home or business after the fire. Such as roof and windows. The board up will protect your structure against vandals and weather elements. Your insurance company wants you to be proactive when it comes to dealing with damage to your home, not waiting and causing more damage. The insurance representative/adjuster won’t be on site for at least 24 hours at minimum, call a restoration professional first.
Is there a difference between a fire restoration professional or general contractor?
How long is the fire restoration process?
The timeline on a fire damaged property is a lot more difficult to predict because there are so many more factors to include. Such as severity of the fire, how many rooms affected, is a complete teardown and rebuild? Were there contents involved and much more. Big fire restoration projects can easily last more than 12 months, making your decision on a fire restoration professional that much more critical.
Can Hallmark manage my fire project from beginning to end?
Yes. We can manage your water damage, fire damage, mold damage and any restoration project you might have in your home or business from beginning to end.