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Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in your home or business is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic events many people will face. Having an IICRC-certified restoration company in your court during the recovery process is critical to getting your family or business back in order as quickly as possible.

Getting Your Northeast Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio Property Back to Normal

Just like water damage, when a fire happens it is critical that the restoration process begins quickly. The longer the water from the fire department sits and the longer the smoke and soot linger, the deeper the damage reaches into the structure itself and the longer and more complicated the fire damage restoration process becomes. Our skilled and trained crews will get your residential or commercial property back to the condition it was in before the fire damage, guaranteed. Here's our promise to you:

  • 100% Quality Guarantee
  • 60-Minute Response Time
  • 24/7/365 Emergency Services
  • Approved by All Major Insurance Carriers
  • Highly Trained and Certified Specialists
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Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

No matter the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage, Water Out has the experience and expertise to set things right.

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Smoke Damage and Odor Removal in Northeast Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio

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Good restoration companies, like Water Out, understand the longer you let the smoke and soot sit, the harder it will be to fix the damage that's been done.

An estimator will take a walk through your home and see the damage, and create a plan of action. This estimator will likely also be able to work with your insurance adjuster or insurance company during the loss. Once an inspection is complete, our certified fire damage restoration technicians will start the damage restoration process. This could include removing the carpet or other porous materials, scrubbing down walls with special solutions that will remove the soot and the odor, and wiping every single surface over and over until it's clean. It could also mean doing things like removing cabinets from the wall to clean behind them, or removing charred beams saturated with smoke and soot.

There are a number of innovations restoration companies can use to address smoke damage. If not properly removed, the smoke smell can reappear during a change in the weather, the presence of moisture, or other environmental changes. That's why it's important to have an experienced team making sure not only that your home is clean and the visible damage removed, but also that the smell is removed as well.

Our promise to you in a fire, or any property disaster, is this:

  • Response
  • Communication
  • Documentation
Smoke Odor and Soot Removal in Northeast Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio

By The Numbers

There were 1.24 million house fires in the U.S. in 2013 alone, according to FEMA. The good news is that is down more than 20 percent from a decade earlier, the bad news is that fires do still happen and are more common than most of us realize. Those 1.24 million house fires in 2013 did about $11.5 billion dollars in damage.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to more than three thousand business fires a year between 2007 and 2011, resulting in $112 million in property damage. Unlike house fires that happen more in the middle of the night, business fires are much more likely to happen during the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

It's never a quick fix, though we've gathered together a multi-discipline team of contractors and technicians to work in tandem to complete the work as soon as possible. From structural repairs to sand/soda-blasting to odor removal to contents cleaning, our fire damage restoration crew begins as soon as the project scope is determined, and we don't stop until the job is done and both you and the insurance company are satisfied with the results.

Most often, yes. You'll need to check your specific policy for the full scope of coverage, but in general, if the damage was caused by a flame, it's covered. Your best bet is to hire a professional restoration company to help you through the claims process. We know how to avoid some common missteps when it comes to making sure the entire loss is documented and covered. Many homeowners and insurance companies forget, for instance, to consider that your HVAC system will need to be cleaned of soot, and, since fires are extinguished using water, many areas of your home may need to be restored due to water damage even if they weren't directly affected by the fire.

Depending on the extent or location of the fire damage, some homeowners can move back in a few days or longer. The fire department will usually turn off electricity and gas to the property right away, and that won't be restored until a building inspector says that it's safe to turn those utilities back on. If you experienced significant smoke damage and the home's occupants include elderly persons, young children, or those with chronic health conditions, you may be wise to stay until the smoke cleanup is complete. Contracting with a company experienced in fire damage restoration can often get you back home sooner because they'll have the resources to hire and manage the many tradespeople who will need to work together to make the home liveable again.

DIY soot removal is not recommended. Commercially available products can actually cause permanent damage to surfaces. Soot itself is primarily oil-based, but that residue also contains toxic, possibly biohazard contaminants.

Smoke damage is rarely limited to one area of the house, and it leaves behind a residue that can hide in crevices and out-of-reach areas, and a simple "airing out" may not be sufficient. We recommend consulting with a smoke damage technician who can help you troubleshoot the next steps.

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Proudly Serving the Tri-State Area

Water Out is your local commercial and residential disaster and property restoration company. We are proud to serve Fort Wayne, IN and the Northeast Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio with top-rated water and fire damage restoration, mold remediation and cleaning services. We offer free inspections and estimates for commercial and residential customers in our service areas.

  • Fort Wayne
  • Auburn
  • Bluffton
  • Columbia City
  • Kendallville
  • Huntington
  • Warsaw
  • Decatur
  • New Haven
  • Angola
  • Ligonier
  • LaGrange
  • Syracuse
  • Wabash
  • Marion
  • Van Wert
  • Coldwater
  • Defiance

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