Costs for Clean-Up after a Fire

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating, whether limited to the damage done by a small appliance or the destruction of an entire home. Regardless of whether the fire started as a result of an accident, an electric malfunction or a natural disaster, there will be extensive damage and a fast response is critical. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to repair the damage on your own. Not only could this be dangerous, it may also affect your insurance policy. With this in mind, it’s highly recommended that you call a professional fire damage repair service immediately.

What is the average cost in Cincinnati Ohio for fire damage repair services?

The average cost will vary depending on the extent of the damage. A recent survey estimated that the average cost in Cincinnati for fire damage repair services is approximately $4000, however, the cost can be as low as $800 or as high as $30,000. The national average cost stands at $16,635 for full repair. For a fast quote, contact Clarke Contractors Inc., award-winning fire damage restoration experts in Dayton and Cincinnati.

What factors are involved when determining the cost?

An initial assessment will look at how much fire, smoke and soot damage the property has sustained, along with the extent of water damage if the fire was extinguished with water. The need for soot removal, smoke cleanup, mold and odor removal is also taken into consideration, along with fire damage repair, emergency tarp cover, clean-up services and the removal of debris.

What is involved with those services?

The process begins with the completion of an assessment of the damage, followed by the boarding and tarping of windows and damaged roofs to prevent any further damage. If necessary, a full pack-up and move-out of the contents of your home may be in order, while an assessment is conducted to see which, if any, items are unsalvageable.  A clean up and removal of the debris, followed by water extraction and structural drying with specialized equipment may follow. Dry ice blasting may be used to remove soot without fear of structural damage, along with the use with ozone or hydroxyl generators for odor removal.

Finally, repair and restoration of your home and its contents will ensure everything is back in its original condition.

How long will it take?

Small fire repairs are often completed within a day or two, but more extensive repairs can take weeks or even months, depending on the extent of the damage.

How does insurance play a part?

Be sure to report the fire to your insurance company as soon as possible. You will be required to submit a ‘proof of loss’ claim, in which you itemize your losses and list the value. Be organized, and keep all estimates, invoices, bills, permits, and contracts for repairs, and keep track of your daily living expenses if you’re living outside your home. Be sure that the insurance company handles your claim in a timely manner, and don’t hesitate to contact them again if you feel it’s taking too long.

If you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration and cleanup, look for a local company with the experience, equipment and expertise to get the job done right.