Fire Damage Restoration

Decontaminating a fire site involves clearing ash and debris and salvaging what can be saved. In some cases, the decontamination will reveal further water damage, which leads to a drying process and perhaps a property restoration job to replace damaged surfaces and structures.

Fire damage can cause devastating consequences to a home or business. Time is of the essence when it comes to dealing with the aftermath, as it is likely that the impact will be worse if you do not act quickly.

How fire and smoke damage can affect your home

No two fire incidents will be the same, and fire and smoke damage can go further than physical destruction. The contaminants involved in a fire are dependent on many variables such as temperatures, household materials, building construction methods and building materials, as well as the time-frame that the fire or smoke was left untreated. These variables alongside the cause of fire can also affect the fire damage repair process.

Aside from fire damage such as heat devastation and burnt materials, it is common for there to be water damage following the extinguishing methods and the need to detect leaks from damaged bathroom or kitchen equipment. These are examples of secondary damage (damage that occurs after the incident within the subsequent few weeks).

Smoke damage is often overlooked if it isn’t visible to the naked eye. The toxins and chemicals from smoke particles can cause future health concerns such as respiratory issues and even premature death, if affected materials are not removed and appropriately decontaminated by specialists. This is why such importance should be placed on having your home or business fully de-contaminated professionally.  

The importance of immediate fire damage restoration

Fire damage leads to corrosion that if not dealt with quickly, can limit the success rate of restoration. Decontamination must take priority within the fire’s stabilisation phase to mitigate further damage and maintain the potential of fire damage restoration over replacement. With more damage, comes higher fire restoration costs, and a longer claim life cycle which may involve the need for a home or business to be vacant for an extended period. Polygon’s priority is to get people’s lives back to normal as soon as possible, and taking quick action is vital to this. 

The 5 steps of a fire damage restoration project

There are several steps within a fire restoration process, which guide the direction of the project.

  1. The restoration company is notified as quickly as possible after emergency services have finished putting out the fire and investigating the cause. Once the emergency services have declared the property safe to enter, the restoration company is able to act accordingly.
  2. An assessment is carried out by the restoration company and loss adjusters to determine the extent of the property and contents damage. This step gauges the route that will be taken to restore the property and the associated costs and estimated time-frame.
  3. Initially action will be taken to prevent further damage. For example, if there is a water leak, the source must be identified and dealt with before the fire decontamination can commence.
  4. The fire damage repair will begin with a decontamination of smoke, dust and soot. Methods for this may vary but include pressure washing, air scrubbing/cleaning, steam cleaning, dry cleaning or thermal odour removal. The restoration company will remove damaged furniture to be decontaminated or disposed of if unrepairable.
  5. Fire restoration will then take place for the contents and the property. The priority will be to restore and renovate the property to pre-fire state as accurately as possible, without the need for replacement.


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Financial and sentimental benefits of fire restoration 

There are many benefits of fire restoration over replacement, most notably the cost savings it can afford insurers. Not only does it save money being spent on new building materials, but it saves money on resource, time and home occupants’ alternative accommodation costs.

Additionally, fire damage repair offers sentimental benefits to policyholders whose personal items are often the hardest to face losing. A favourite toy, business records or family photographs for example, are irreplaceable. At Polygon we understand what this distress means to claimants and so we consider contents restoration as critical to the overall repair process.

Call us today on 01480 442327 to find out how we can help you with fire damage restoration solutions.

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01480 442327

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Fire damage repair services

Our fire damage restoration services include:

  • Removal
  • Transportation
  • Content management
  • Fire damage decontamination
  • Storage
  • Carbon removal
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Odour neutralisation
  • Corrosion control
  • Remote monitoring
  • Reconstruction of property and contents
  • Technical reconditioning