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Did you know that a house fire occurs every 87 seconds in the United States? The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming, with safety hazards, extensive damage, and the daunting task of restoration ahead.

Properly assessing fire damage is crucial for safety, insurance, and effective restoration. Partnering with professionals ensures the process is handled expertly, reducing stress and ensuring comprehensive recovery.

This blog covers the immediate steps American Restoration Water & Fire takes after a fire, the professional assessment and restoration process, initial assessment, detailed damage evaluation, health and safety hazards, and the insurance and documentation process.

Immediate Steps After a Fire

American Restoration Water & Fire meticulously documents the damage after a fire, taking detailed photographs and videos. The team also notes the date and time of the fire to assist with insurance and restoration planning. We also offer a board-up service if windows or doors need to be blocked temporarily for security purposes.

Document the Scene

  • Take photographs and videos of the damage: Our team meticulously documents the damage with photos and videos.
  • Note the date and time of the fire: Accurate records are maintained to assist with insurance and restoration planning.

Professional Assessment and Restoration

Hiring certified fire damage restoration experts is crucial, and American Restoration Water & Fire excels in this area. Our team handles all aspects of fire damage restoration with precision and care. We develop a comprehensive, tailored plan for cleanup and repairs, providing clear timelines and cost estimates to ensure transparency and effectively manage expectations.

Restoration Plan

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for cleanup and repairs: We create a detailed restoration plan tailored to your specific needs.
  • Timeline and cost estimates for restoration work: Our team provides clear timelines and cost estimates to manage expectations and ensure transparency.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning: American Restoration can remove smoke damage from practically any item, soft goods such as fabrics, with our ultrasonic cleaning process

Structural Integrity

Our experts meticulously inspect the foundation, roof, and walls for any signs of structural damage, such as cracks, bulges, or other indicators of instability. We pay close attention to sagging roofs, floors, and weakened walls, looking for any signs of structural weakness or potential collapse.

Electrical and Plumbing Systems

We conduct a thorough inspection of the electrical system, checking for exposed wires, damaged outlets, and burnt fixtures to ensure there is no fire-related damage. Additionally, our team assesses the plumbing system for leaks, bursts, or contamination to address any issues caused by the fire.

Detailed Damage Evaluation

We conduct a comprehensive inspection to identify all visible surface damage on walls, ceilings, and floors, looking for burn marks, soot, and smoke stains. Beyond the surface, we use advanced tools like moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to uncover hidden damage behind walls and under floors, ensuring no issue is overlooked. We also evaluate the condition of furniture, appliances, and personal items, determining what can be cleaned, restored, or needs replacement.

Health and Safety Hazards

Our team identifies and addresses harmful residues left by the fire, such as toxic residues from burning plastics. We use specialized cleaning methods and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure thorough decontamination and safety.

Insurance and Documentation

We assist in documenting and reporting fire damage to your insurance company, ensuring you have all the necessary records and photographs for a successful claim. Detailed documentation is crucial, and we meticulously record every aspect of the damage. Throughout the claims process, we guide you step-by-step, helping you navigate the complexities. Our team coordinates with insurance adjusters and restoration companies to streamline the restoration process and ensure you receive the support you need.


Proper fire damage assessment by professionals is essential for safety, insurance, and restoration. American Restoration Water & Fire handles all critical steps, ensuring a thorough and efficient restoration process. If you’ve experienced a fire, contact American Restoration Water & Fire early to ensure a comprehensive and efficient restoration. Our expertise guarantees your home is safe and the restoration is done right.

Timely and thorough fire damage assessment is vital to recovery. Taking proactive measures to prevent future fires can save lives and property. Ensure you are prepared and protected by trusting professionals to handle the aftermath of a fire.

American Restoration Water & Fire can help you confidently navigate the aftermath of a fire, knowing that experts are handling every aspect of your recovery.