Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Frederick MD

Fire & Smoke Damage


Damage caused by smoke and fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful time, so you’ll need caring experts to guide you through this crisis.

Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care. We offer hassle-free 24-hour emergency care. We focus on customer service that’s attentive, thoughtful and pleasant as well.

If you want to bring your property back to its previous safe, comfortable and beautiful state, Dry House Restoration can tend to all of your smoke and fire damage restoration requirements and more. 

house damaged by a fire
Dry House Restoration is on hand to take care of all of your smoke and fire damage restoration needs

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration FAQ

Can I Take Care of Cleanup on My Own?

This is not recommended. DIY cleanup carries serious risks, including inhalation of smoke and fumes from unsuitable or improperly prepared cleaning agents. Spaces with fire and smoke damage are also more vulnerable to structural collapse. Property owners should leave restoration to trained professionals who follow strict guidelines from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Yes. Residual soot following fire and smoke is acidic and harmful to people and property. Spaces damaged by fire and smoke are often filled with debris and can have unstable flooring, which increase the chances of accidents.

Wiring is sometimes exposed in the aftermath of a fire, placing anyone nearby at risk of electrocution, especially since residual water is often present at fire scenes. Water can also harbor harmful mold and mildew as well as speeding up oxidation and corrosion.

Improper restoration efforts can also leave property owners at fault for any future hazards that prove to be related to DIY cleanup attempts.

What Does Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Involve?

The process involves specialized equipment and cleaning agents to remove soot, odors, and any debris or possessions that have been impacted. The area is thoroughly vacuumed, air-treated, and washed. Special care is taken to ensure that this water does not further weaken the structure or get left behind to breed bacteria.

The process has four main goals: to see all surfaces restored to a clean condition, to purify the air, to ensure structural integrity, and to salvage as many possessions as possible.

How Long Does Damage Restoration Take and How Much Does It Cost?

The answer to both of these questions varies from case to case and is impossible to accurately predict without a thorough on-site inspection. The three factors that typically determine restoration time and cost are the size of the affected space, the degree of damage, and the nature of the property. An example of this last factor is a commercial/business property, which will need to pass a local inspection to resume activity.

Can I Operate Any Appliances?

It is recommended to avoid using any appliances in the wake of fire or smoke damage, particularly air conditioning units. AC units can quickly spread soot and other harmful fine particulate matter around a home, even when the air seems to be clear. Restoration and fire professionals can assess the impact of any damage on electrical systems and appliances and offer site-specific advice on operating them.

Do I Need to Move Out During Restoration?

This decision depends on the extent of the damage and the amount of restoration necessary. Larger cases of fire and smoke damage almost always require occupants to leave the premises until everything is clean and safe. Smaller instances may allow occupants to remain while the affected area is restored.

What Should I Take With Me if I Have to Move Out?

You should take all valuables, personal documents, medication, and items of a financial nature with you if they are not damaged by smoke or fire. Experts can assess how impacted items should be handled or if they need to be disposed of. It is not recommended to search for items lost in a fire or smoke event.

How Do I Approach My Insurer About Fire and Smoke Damage?

The best fire and smoke damage restoration teams will help property owners deal with their insurance provider by compiling comprehensive data on the damage. Insurers will be looking for a list of items that have been damaged or lost to smoke or fire. The more details you can provide on the age and value of impacted items – no matter how small – will make the claim process easier.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration?

No. Insurance policies will cover the cost of lost or impacted items, and some will cover the costs of temporary relocation. The cost of the restoration services themselves is typically the responsibility of the property owner.


Why Hire a smoke & Fire Damage Restoration Company

prevent corrosion

Persistent smoke and fire damage have the ability to encourage incessant corrosion. If you want to keep nonstop corrosion issues away, our professional smoke and fire damage restoration service is essential.

protect your investment

Your home is a major investment and it takes a fast restoration solution to bring you back to normal quickly. Full remodeling, renovation and replacement services tend to cost substantially more than our restoration work.

Insurance support

We enthusiastically work with insurance companies to give you a restoration experience that has no rivals. If you’re in need of rapid response times and unsurpassed professionalism, we can come through for you seven days a week.

Team of Experts

When your home is damaged by fire and smoke, it’s best to leave the recovery process to the professionals. Improper cleanup can make fire damage worse and harder to fix. We have some of the finest and most experienced restoration technicians on our team.
Hit with fire or smoke damage? Call our 24/7 company without delay to get an appointment for our terrific work. We work with insurance companies to simplify your life. Our rapid response times are top of the line.
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