When Fire and Smoke Damage Your Property
Since 1990, “wildland fires” across Canada have consumed an average of 2.5 million hectares a year, according to Natural Resources Canada. These fires occur mainly from April to October, and can cause enormous damage to communities in their path. The Fort McMurray wildfires of May 2016 and B.C. wildfires of summer 2017 are just two recent examples of the massive destruction fire can create.
Unfortunately, when a fire occurs, it often results in both primary and secondary damage to property. Secondary damage can be extensive, including:
- Smoke – Smoke can spread quickly to other areas of a building, even when a fire is confined to a small area within. Smoke leaves behind a strong odour, which can only be removed by removing or treating the sources.
- Residue from smoke and soot – This residue is a corrosive substance. It discolours walls, surfaces, appliances and fabrics, beginning within minutes of contact. If left untreated, it will cause erosion, leading to further damage to the property.
- Water damage – Firefighting efforts often cause water damage, creating risk of mould.
How We Help
If your home or business has suffered fire or smoke damage, restoration should begin as soon as the flames have been extinguished and the property is deemed safe to access. Taking immediate action can prevent damage from worsening and significantly help to minimize costs throughout the restoration process.
FirstOnSite specialists are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They have been trained in the various types of restoration required after a fire.
We provide complete services to return your property to its pre-loss condition:
- Inspection and assessment to determine extent of damage and develop an action plan.
- Emergency mitigation, such boarding up broken or missing windows, securing walls, placing tarps on damaged roofs.
- Contents removal and restoration of all salvageable items, including furniture, damaged electronics, physical documents and documents on hard drives.
- Water damage restoration, using advanced water removal, moisture detection, drying and dehumidification equipment.
- Smoke and soot removal, including smoke sealing, deodourization, and specialized, environmentally friendly removal techniques.
- Mould remediation as mould poses a serious risk within 24-48 hours of water damage.
- Structural restoration and repair, including structural repairs, replacing drywall, painting, installing new flooring, and making any other repairs needed.
Our dedicated resources and state-of-the-art equipment are stationed across Canada to serve at a moment’s notice. We are available to respond to emergency calls 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.
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Commercial Client Services
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