Fire | Smoke Damage

The nature of a fire creates special problems worthy of comprehensive treatment. Fire losses must be handled with special care since many types of materials can fuel a fire, causing soot fallout and smoke damage; also because large amounts of water are required to extinguish the blaze, thus introducing concerns of corrosion and mold and mildew growth. Empire Services West has the trained personnel and equipment to handle all aspects of a fire loss, large or small.

Remediation After A Fire Loss

After a fire or smoke damage occurs, a number of conditions need to be addressed immediately. The procedures generally involved following a fire loss are:
  • Debris removal
  • Onsite dry down
  • HVAC Cleaning
  • On-location and off-location contents cleaning
  • Structural reconstruction

Debris Removal

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, debris removal is the first step in remediating a fire loss. Our expert technicians will conduct debris removal and some initial deodorization in order to gear up for the rest of the remediation project that will follow.

Drying Out Water Damage

Our skilled technicians are prepared to handle the water and ensuing moisture that lingers after a fire is put out. Depending on the condition of the building after a fire, when it is safe to do so, a thorough dry down of the area will be initiated to prevent mold and mildew growth and prepare for the next step of the fire remediation and restoration.

Deodorization & Cleaning

Fire damage restoration requires the utmost care and special handling. A range of materials and substances can fuel a fire, potentially causing heavy soot fallout and smoke damage. Also, the large amount of water used to extinguish a blaze introduces concerns of corrosion, mold and mildew growth. Extensive cleaning of the facility’s HVAC system, furniture contents, walls and fixtures is necessary to avoid exposure to lingering particulate and smoke that can irritate the eyes and throat. To properly remediate these conditions, we deodorize the area and clean remaining contents, plus the main air heating and exhaust systems (HVAC).

Contents & Pack Out/In

Proper handling of electronics is critical to preventing corrosion and particulate interferences. Our trained electronics restoration personnel will carefully inspect each piece to replace parts and perform maintenance and calibration as necessary. We also provide full pack-out and pack-in services to help protect your contents from further damage and theft. 

Structural Reconstruction

We are equipped to handle full reconstruction of a burned-out building. As a key part of almost every recovery process, reconstruction is included under our umbrella of services. Our regional in-house cabinet shops handle all cabinetry and mill-work jobs with skill and craftsmanship, and our team of in-house carpenters assist with installation and on-site finish work.