How To Think With Smoke Odors Entering any home that has been burned is upsetting; entering into your own home and seeing your personal belongings disheveled, blackened and buried in debris is a shock that one does not easily recover from. Suddenly your nicely organized and well cared for home is a mess. Your freshly painted walls are now black, and your knickknacks, clothing and furniture are unrecognizable. But the one thing that stands out more then any other is that the o
It is said that rebuilding a building no matter the reason for the rebuilding, is always the same. The building codes are not different and the engineering is the same. So why then is it so important to hire a contractor who specializes in rebuilding a home that has been damaged by fire? First, fire affects building structures in very unique ways. Much of the damage is hidden from view and despite my 20 + years of experience in this specialty I am daily amazed in the way that
Drywall is a fairly resilient product it can get wet and dry out without damaging the material to the point of needing to be replaced. The rule of thumb is if you can rap on it with your knuckles and it still feels solid it is dry-able. If there is smoke on it can be cleaned and then repainted. It can be patched and it can be scraped. But there has to be a distinction between drywall (which is the 4’ x 8’ sheets) and the texture. The texture is what you see it is the product
What is the first thing I should do after a fire? Given that your family is okay. Call your insurance company. Next—photograph everything! And then photograph it again. This may seem very obvious, so obvious that most people never do it. Here is the reasoning behind why you would photograph everything and do it very quickly. Only you know what your house was like before the fire. The hundreds, possibly thousands of little details that went into making your home "just right"
In my over 25 years experience in helping homeowners deal with fire and water damage repairs I have always found it to be true that providing the customer with timely and useful information is of great benefit to them. Good decisions are based on good information. What I have seen on the fire jobs in particular, is the customer is inundated with public adjusters, contractors, and even lawyers. Most of what the consumer is told is how horrible insurance carriers are and only i