How Much Does It Cost to Repair Fire Damage?
When your home suffers a fire, there are all sorts of ways damage can occur. In addition to the actual flames, you have to worry about damage related to smoke, soot and the water and chemicals used to extinguish the blaze.
In many instances, your homeowner’s policy will cover much of your costs. That said, you may have to pay for some of the cleanup yourself. Whatever the case, it’s important to know the costs associated with restoring a home after a fire, so you can make smart decisions as you approach what can often seem like an overwhelming project.
While extinguishing a fire is far superior to allowing its spread, the process comes with some serious drawbacks. Extinguishing a fire requires water and/or chemicals that can result in additional destruction. For instance, floors and carpeting are especially susceptible to mold growth if not dried shortly after being soaked. A heavy-duty fire hose can ruin all sorts of materials in your home and, in certain instances, even destroy some of its walls.
Depending on the extent and nature of the fire extinguishing process, you can expect to pay from $1,000 and $4,000 to repair water damage. To repair any chemical contamination, you will typically have to pay from 1,000 to $2,500. After a fire has been extinguished, you will need professional dehumidification as soon as possible. For chemical damages, you may require chemical sealers to prevent further contamination from residues down the line.
Whatever the case, it’s important to work with a licensed professional who can determine the exact category and class of the damage, and provide the correct mitigating solution.
Once you deal with the water, you will need to turn your attention toward any soot leftover from the fire. Soot is a black flaky substance largely composed of amorphous carbon, which results after the incomplete burning of organic matter such as wood.
Unfortunately, it can penetrate and damage all sorts of interior items, including carpets, draperies and walls.
There are two basic types of soot, and each requires a different cleanup method.
- Dry soot: Cleaned with dry sponges and low-alkali detergent
- Oily soot - Cleaned with high-alkali detergents and an extensive rinse.
The longer soot is left in place, the harder it will be to restore your home. It’s important to know that improper cleaning techniques can spread soot around a home and make it even harder to clean. What’s more, you will need to have your air ducts and furnace/air conditioning filters cleaned to prevent them from spreading soot throughout your home.
Professional soot removal and cleaning will generally cost from $2,000 and $6,000. It’s generally best to consult a professional to find out if it might be cheaper to simply discard and replace some affected items. While textiles and certain other items may be salvageable; others may need to be replaced entirely.
Smoke Damage Restoration
Restoring smoke damage shouldn’t begin until water and soot destruction has been addressed. This vital step will include eliminating any harmful or unpleasant odors. Similar to soot, smoke damage worsens the longer it is left untreated. Smoke can penetrate furniture, clothing, carpets and many other items in a home, resulting in a foul smell that seems almost impossible to remove. Eliminating it requires deodorizing furniture, performing ozone smoke removal and cleaning your HVAC system.
Smoke damage restoration will typically range from $200 to $1,000, depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials.
Textile and Furniture Deodorizing
Only professional deodorizing can eliminate the smoke smell from carpets, furniture, clothing and other home textiles. Thermal fogging is one effective method used to eradicate odors. Using the same physical properties the smoke used to permeate the fabric, this technique relies on chemicals to reliably remove foul odors for good.
The size of your home and the number of affected items will determine the cost, which typically ranges from $200 to $600.
Working with a Professional
When it comes to restoring your home after a fire, there are a lot of nuances that go into the process. Improper, delayed or inadequate cleaning can worsen the problem and turn an affordable process into a major operation requiring tens of thousands of dollars. This is why it’s so important to quickly contact a professional service who has the knowledge and agility to respond to your needs in a timely, efficient manner.
SERVPRO of Denver East specializes in flawless fire and water damage restoration. Empowered by extensive training, modern equipment and expert personnel, we can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Contact our team to learn more.