Fire Damage Restoration
A fire can be a devastating event. Whether it's your home or your business, it's personal. Your belongings are burned or just gone completely. Anything not directly hit by the fire is covered in smoke and soot. The worst part might be the odor. A fire leaves a terrible odor that cuts right to the bone.
CONSTRUCTEAM's professional fire damage and smoke restoration team can help. They are trained, experienced, and will treat your home and property with respect throughout the entire process. We'll work with you, creating a master contents inventory, handling all of the insurance paperwork and documentation, and doing everything we can to make transition easier for you.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Process
Tearout & Cleaning
Restore & Rebuild
Fire Damage Before CONSTRUCTEAM
CONSTRUCTEAM Fire Restoration
Fire Damage Restoration Gallery
Fire Cleanup and Repair Gallery
Take a look at some of our past fire damage cleanup, repair, and restoration projects, to get an idea of how we can help you with yours.
You'll see how non-salvageable parts of your property are torn out, and how what remains is cleaned, deodorized, restored, and rebuilt to look, smell, and feel as good as new.
What They're Saying
Clear from the Beginning
"Each member of the team took care to explain each phase of the restoration process and answer any questions that I had. It was clear from the beginning that our restoration project was in very capable hands... "
To Members of the Constructeam Staff:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent job your team did on the restoration of our home following leaks in the bathroom, first floor closet, and guest bedroom. Each member of the team, everyone was an expert in their respective fields - Mike Overholser; Matthew Erndt; Frank; Thomas; Joe; Stan, the plumber; Mike, the dry wall installer; Brian, the painter; and Ronnie and Nick, the tile installers - were highly professional throughout the entire project and went above and beyond my expectations.
In addition, each member of the team took care to explain each phase of the restoration process and answer any questions that I had. It was clear from the beginning that our restoration project was in very capable hands and that your team was fully committed to returning our home to the condition it was prior to the water damage.
Furthermore, I was also very appreciative of the support I received in working with our insurance company. Without your knowledgeable staff discussing the project with our insurance adjuster, I am quite sure many items needing attention would have been overlooked.
I am also very appreciative of the care your team took to prepare our home prior to the restoration and to clean up after the work had been completed.
Lastly, I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent communication throughout the project. Both Mike Overholser and Matthew Erndt were prompt in returning my phone calls and kept me in the loop at all times.
Without hesitation I would recommend Constructeam to family, friends, and neighbors for whom quality workmanship is a priority.
Macomb Township, MI
I Met With The Board
"I feel it is important that you know how satisfied Emerald Creek II owners are with the job Constructeam did for our association... I met with the Board last week, and we agreed that in the future, we would use Constructeam for new work..."
Now that the roofing project has been officially completed, I feel it is important that you know how satisfied Emerald Creek II owners are with the job Constructeam did for our Association.
After the tornado, our roofs were damaged and we didn't know where to begin. I remember talking to you and you explained all aspects of the project (i.e. temporary repair, insurance claims, repair work, replacement work, schedules, materials, prices) and how things would be handled. Your crews came out; all work was performed quickly and professionally.
Mike, your superintendent, was here every day to make sure the job was on track. He talked to owners that had questions or concerns and made the owners feel comfortable.
Even now, after the project has been completed, Constructeam is helping owners to get an insulation contractor in to reinsulate. Thanks for a job well done.
I met with the Board last week, and we agreed that in the future, we would use Constructeam for new work, such as painting, wood repair, and a yearly roof inspection.
Very truly yours,
President, Emerald Creek Condominiums II
Shelby Township, MI
My House or Business Had A Fire. Now What?
A home or business swept fire can be very devastating and can cause major hardship to a family or business. However, just like any difficult time there is a way to handle the hardship to minimize the difficulties going forward. Making the right decisions on hiring your contractors and understanding the process at this point is mission critical and will dictate the process going forward. The following steps can assist you in making the right moves from the start. Please understand that every situation is different and will require special instructions based on your personal situation.
The 4 Steps To Dealing With A Fire At Your Home or Business
1. Secure an emergency services contractor – A work authorization will need to be signed for emergency services. This is a standard requirement that all contractors will need to have to start work on your project and adjusters will ask for it in order for the contractor to be considered an agent for the homeowner.
- Board up of home or business – You must first secure the home or business from onlookers who might want to enter the home or business out of curiosity or intent. Board up of broken windows, lock down doors and tarp the roof to make secure from weather conditions.
- Make a claim – If you have a relationship with your insurance agent contact them first if during business hours. If no relationship exists or after hours call the 800 number from your insurance policy and make a claim to obtain a claim number.
- Cause of Origin – Most insurance companies require a cause of origin specialist to enter the home or business shortly after the fire to determine the cause of the fire. You must not disturb the area where the fire started as that area will be where the investigation will take place. This process could take a few days, and depending on the severity and the circumstances this process could take many days to complete.
- Remove personal items – If your home was affected and you have personal items like wedding rings, cash, family heirlooms or guns they should be removed from the home or business immediately as many people will be coming through the home and could be stolen from onlookers during the first few days of the fire.
- Insurance Adjuster will be assigned to your fire within 24 hours of making a claim – Depending on the size of the loss you may meet multiple insurance adjusters in the process. Typically you will have an adjuster for the structure, another for contents, and another for loss of business. Many insurance companies may invite a contractor they have used in the past if you do not have a company secured. It is YOUR CHOICE who you decide to handle your contents or rebuild of your home or business.
2. Secure your mitigation specialists – Another work authorization will need to be signed for content and electronic mitigation services if the contractor is different from above.
- Depending on the level of severity of the fire and how much water was used to put the fire out will determine your next step.
- Larger fires will require water extraction and dry down of structure as to avoid moisture from becoming a mold problem. In the event that the home can be saved drying equipment and removal of wet plaster or drywall might be necessary in order to dry structure while waiting for the adjuster to make decisions on what is approved during the next step.
3. Secure contents, electronic and dry cleaning mitigation specialists – Another work authorization will need to be signed for content, electronic and dry cleaning services if the contractor is different from above. It is not uncommon to have one company hire multiple subcontractors to handle the contents, electronic and dry cleaning services.
- All contents i.e. furniture, appliances, electronics and household items, food, clothing and anything not attached to the home is considered a content. A typical insurance policy contains a section and a dollar amount for contents aside from your structure amount.
- At this point the level of severity will determine next steps with the adjuster and the contractor, all contents will either need to be cleaned on or offsite, electronics and appliances cleaned on or offsite. Clothing will always be cleaned off site and emergency clothes can be cleaned and returned within 24hrs.
- If it is necessary for contents, electronics and appliances to be stored off site the contents contractor will be required to make a complete inventory of items that will be boxed, cleaned and stored, THIS MEANS EVERY SINGLE ITEM. This can be a large undertaking and can be very overwhelming. All questions are good questions at this point and should be asked of your contractor.
4. Secure a building contractor to make repairs – Another work authorization will need to be signed for reconstruction services if the contractor is different from above. It is not uncommon to have two different companies handle the contents and rebuilding.
- It is suggested at this point that an insurance restoration contractor who has the experience of mitigating a fire is hired. Many mistakes have been made at this point and contractors have been hired with no experience to remove necessary charred wood and smoke that has penetrated open crevices, drywall, plastics, attics, insulation and the like. IF NOT MITIGATED CORRECTLY YOU COULD SMELL SMOKE INDEFINITELY.
- During the time it takes to determine the loss of contents and pack out of contents. Your building contractor will have been working with your adjuster to determine items that will be replaced during reconstruction. It is not uncommon for the contractor and the adjustor to each write their own scope of work for the reconstruction.
- Once the scope of work is determined each estimate will be reviewed and agreed upon with the owner, contractor and the adjustor and work will then commence.
There are many things to consider and many more steps to the process at this point. Hiring the right company can make this difficult situation a smooth and seamless process with no hassles.
CONSTRUCTEAM is the company that can provide all these services rolled into one and will get you back in your home quickly or back in business with minimum disruption. Call us immediately at (866) 372 - 1272, and we'll get a team over to you in as little as an hour or less to help walk you through this process.