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Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair

Even a small fire within a home can result in extensive damage from smoke and the water used to extinguish the fire. Prompt professional repair and restoration is essential in order to prevent additional damage and problems such as mold growth and wood rot. Before making a call to a professional, here are some things you should know first.

National Repair Fire & Smoke Damage Costs

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National Repair Fire & Smoke Damage Costs
Average reported cost $15,814
Number of Cost Profiles 84 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $400
Maximum reported cost $240,000
Most homeowners spent between: $3,544 to $4,928

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Average Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Repair 

The average cost of repair and restoration services after fire and smoke damage is $2,950. The total cost that a homeowner pays for such repairs will depend on the location and extent of the damage. For example, fire damage to a kitchen may cost more to repair than damage to a closet due to the expense of replacing costly cabinets and appliances. The out of pocket amount that a homeowner pays to have fire and smoke damage repairs might be reduced by homeowner's insurance coverage. 

Types of Repairs for Fire and Smoke Damage 

Water used to extinguish a fire can saturate the walls and floors of the home. The water can quickly cause mold growth and wood rot if the water isn't removed and the home thoroughly dried. Soot from the fire can saturate and stain anything upholstered. Professional restoration is needed in order to salvage the furnishings as well as linens, draperies and carpet. Smoke discoloration and odors can pervade almost everything in a home, including furnishings, carpets and rugs, linens and clothing. Professional restoration is essential in order to save those items. The smoke can also damage the home's air ducts, resulting in foul odors each time the furnace or air conditioner turns on. Restoration and repair services are needed to clean the ducts before the HVAC system is used again.

Restoration and Repair Methods 

Ozone treatments are used by professionals to repair smoke damage. The items or even the entire house may be tented and treated. Chemical sealers may be used on drywall, flooring, and air ducts to fix smoke damage. Chemical additives may be applied to textiles like carpets and draperies to reduce smoke odors. Professional restorers may need to use strong chemicals to remove soot from walls, ceilings, and floors before they are repainted or re-carpeted. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers will be used to dry the home after a fire.

Considerations for Repairing Fire and Smoke Damage 

The larger the area of a home damaged by smoke and fire, the higher the cost in terms of both time and money to repair and restore the damage. It's important to start the repair and restoration process as soon as possible after a fire, as the longer the damage is left untreated, the worse it can become. Because proper repair and restoration may require the use of professional grade chemicals and equipment, the entire process should be left to experienced professionals.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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