The most appalling events begin with a fire. While we understand that a fire disaster is very traumatic and dismaying, 1st Choice Solutions is here for you. Fire damage restoration is one of the most complex and dangerous types of disaster services; therefore, in our company, we offer not only fire damage restoration but also the removal of smoke as one of our many services. Because fire and smoke restoration is so complex, due to the gases that are released from the burning construction materials, 1st Choice makes sure that our trained specialists and technicians get the job done right! Our goal at 1st Choice solutions is to detect, neutralize chemicals, and remove hazardous odors from the air, but more importantly, to restore and maintain a safe environment on your property for you and your loved ones.
As part of our fire restoration process, we handle many of the delicate tasks- like removing ash from all appliances, electronics, furniture, artwork and many more. We also help you detect and determine which of your affected items can be easily restored and which need to be replaced. As a family founded company, we understand the sentiment and importance that much personal property holds, which is why we make it our duty to treat and give utmost care and importance to your items to restore them back to their original condition whenever possible.
What We Do
As part of our fire restoration process, we handle many of the delicate tasks- like removing ash from all appliances, electronics, furniture, artwork and others. We also help you detect and determine which of your affected items can be easily restored and which need to be replaced. As a family founded company, we understand the sentiment and importance that much personal property holds, which is why we make it our duty to treat and give utmost care and importance to your items to restore them back to their original condition whenever possible.
First: We Assess
In case of a fire, 1st Choice will make sure to inspect your home to determine size of damage to your property by the fire and its penetrating smoke. We will assess just how far the fire and its smoke traveled, while also examining how severely affected the walls, windows and doors, along with furniture and other personal belongings have been affected.
Then: We Board-up
Our technicians will then board-up your property’s windows, doors and walls (along with any other opening on your property), since these are usually the most affected, and often destroyed, by a fire and/or smoke.
Next: We Clean & Sanitize
1st Choice will then follow up with an effective and time efficient clean up where smoke, dust and soot will be abolished from all surfaces. If there is any damage from water in addition to the fire, 1st Choice will also take care of it by pumping out, ventilating and sterilizing the affected areas. Doing so can prevent health hazards to anyone entering the property. Odors are also taken care of (think about the penetrating odor of smoke and how it often lingers on everything it traces) and carpets are cleaned if needed.
Finally: We Restore, You Enjoy!
After cleanup and sanitation, 1st Choice will begin to repair and renovate the property. Any doors, for example, that have been severely affected will be restored or replaced. Other items like carpets will also be cleaned or newly installed; affected walls, windows and anything else harmed by the fire will be completely restored and renovated to bring the home back to normal. At 1st Choice, we promise to go the extra mile so that your property not only goes back to its original form but that it will also look and function better than before. We do not just restore- we redesign so that while “We Restore, You Enjoy!”
What should you do after a fire?
A fire in your home or business follows with many losses. When a fire occurs on your property large amounts of damage also follow through, causing long and often expensive restoration costs. After a fire, it is important for you to keep a couple things in mind. First and foremost, remember that you must not enter a recently affected property until notified by the Fire Department handling your property fire. Keep in mind that after such tragic experience, your property’s cosmetic damages and essential structural damages are not the same. Although the property may “look” safe to enter, there are structures that could have been harshly affected, putting your life in danger. It is also important to keep in mind that fires are capable of reigniting even after being extinguished. For these reasons, stay connected and follow through on the instructions you are given.
Soon after a property fire, contact your insurance company immediately. Doing so will lead to knowing where to go and what do next. You will more than likely be advised to board-up the property’s doors, windows and other openings; pumping water out of the property, if present, will also be advised (don’t worry, 1st Choice does this all for you). Keep in mind that while all of this is getting done, you must not use any utilities until advised to do so- this not only keeps you safe but also minimizes further catastrophic events from taking place. Your insurance company will also tell you what is and what is not covered by your policy and whether all costs are covered. Remember that if you are a homeowner (with no mortgage) with no insurance, you are accountable for all the costs/repairs and loses of your property after a fire.
You should also consider creating detailed lists of the items damaged and the amount of money you paid for them. This demonstrates the importance of keeping and saving receipts of the furniture and other items you purchase for your property. While taking note of what is safe and what is lost, make sure that the extent of the damage gets documented through photos and/or videos.
After a fire, you should also consider temporary housing options. We suggest that you also take time to recover important documents that could have been lost in the fire. Important documents include, but are not limited to:
- Bank records
- Marriage/Birth certificates
- Driver licenses/Identification cards
- School records
Recovering from a fire and its damages is not easy, but here at 1st Choice Solutions we promise to make the process of restoration as smooth, as efficient and as quick as possible so you can get back to the comfort of your home in a short amount of time.