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When a fire occurs, there are several things to consider before deciding to occupy the building. Depending on the severity of the damage, the building’s structure may no longer be secure and could collapse at any moment.
Once you call First Response Restorations for fire restoration in Kitchener, we go through the following stages to complete your fire damage recovery:
First Response will arrange a site inspection and determine handling requirements as follows:
Determine if the building has been released by the fire department
Determine if any orders have been put in place by the city or township
Determine if utility services have been disconnected
Determine if the site is safe to complete an inspection
Determine if the building is safe to occupy
Assess the extent of structural damage and determine what temporary repairs are needed
Mobilize the First Response team with the material, equipment and labour to secure the site
Some cleaning may be necessary to prevent further damage to finishes
During the cold months the building may need to be winterized or temporary heat provided
Content pack out if necessary – See our Content Cleaning Services page
A thorough inspection is now necessary to determine what building materials have been damaged. Temporary power and lighting may be required for this inspection.
Measurements of all affected levels of the building are taken and a floor plan is created
A systematic room by room detailed inspection will be completed
Test holes may be necessary to determine the extent of smoke migration into wall cavities
Some demolition may be required to determine the extent of structural damage
Pictures and material samples are taken to help determine material values
Trades are brought in to inspect and report on HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, etc.
Once the material valuations/reports are received, a room by room estimate is prepared
Our estimates provide a detailed outline of materials being used and product allowances
Upon completion of our estimate we will review the estimate with you and answer any questions that you may have. If revisions are necessary the revisions will be completed immediately.
Once we receive approval to proceed, we will arrange permits, order materials, schedule our staff and licensed trades. Now it’s time to get you back to your home or business!
Contact First Response Restorations today to book fire restoration services in Kitchener.