Putting the Devastation Behind and Rebuilding After a Fire
A fire can devastate a home or business in a very short time, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The damage left behind can feel insurmountable, with first the restoration stage taking place and then rebuilding. The restoration team can assess the level of damage done to the home, working with the insurance company to determine what the rebuild will entail. This can be as extensive as gutting areas of the home or business, or the building entirely in the event of a major fire. After making these assessments and determinations, the rebuild process can begin.
Assess the Building for Structure Damage First
The first key to rebuilding after a fire is to assess the area for any structural damage. During this stage the property will be inspected for damage including floor joists in the basement and upper level floors, damage to interior load bearing walls, the foundation and basement walls. A restoration contractor, like the team at Soil-Away, can determine if there is any structural damage to the property, addressing these needs first.
Repairs may be needed to restore the building’s structural integrity, ensuring the safety of everyone involved. When necessary, this type of structural construction often includes replacing damaged trusses and floor joists, securing interior framework and rebuilding the attic. Only after this framework has been competed can the more cosmetic features of the rebuild begin.
There Can Be Opportunities During the Rebuild Process
As devastating as a fire can be, emotionally taking a toll on those involved, this can also be an opportunity as you enter the rebuild phase. After all structural damage has been addressed, the process of rebuilding the rooms of the building can begin. Similar to a remodel, this can actually be an opportunity to create the ideal area for your needs. This may be an altered traffic plan, new cabinetry or simply a more modern style.
There is also opportunity during the rebuild process to take preventative measures to deter a fire in the future. This includes installing hard-wired smoke detectors and a sprinkler system. Adding these features can give you the peace of mind after a fire to continue to live or work comfortably in the building.
Soil-Away is unique in that we are a restoration company, prepared to respond immediately after a disaster, that also offers rebuild construction services. Our team can work with you to restore the property precisely to your tastes and needs.
After a fire or other disaster, contact the Soil-Away team at 603-641-6555.
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