What would you do if there was fire damage in your Bradenton home?
“I still remember the red flashing lights so vividly”, our client told me. She didn’t remember much of the night the space heater was knocked over and started a fire. She ran out of the house as it was filling with smoke with her phone in hand calling 911. Fortunately for her the fire department was across the street from her mobile home community and they were on scene in 6 minutes.
The Manatee Fire Department put out the flames and secured the property. The home was salvageable, but the damage was pretty bad. She called us at 1 a.m. after the trucks packed up and left. The American Red Cross was there to set her up in a hotel for the night and SERVPRO of Bradenton was there to reassure her we are here to help. We started the cleanup and restoration immediately upon arrival.
Our first task was to take care of the water damage. We extracted the water and set up our equipment. Daylight was going to bring a whole new set of challenges, but I was not worried about my crew. They are well trained professionals.
What would you do in a situation like this? What are the steps you would take? Do you know who to call? Who is experienced in your neighborhood? Who can handle your fire damage?
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Bradenton has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition – "Like it never even happened."
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event, that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Call us anytime – we are available 24/7/365. SERVPRO of Bradenton 941-792-7715