This summer we were called out for a rental unit fire restoration.
A fire had started in an upstairs bathroom, in the middle unit of a 3 unit apartment complex.
The fire moved into the attic, affecting the shared wall with the bathroom of a neighboring unit.
Fortunately, the unit on the other end of the complex only had smoke damage and insulation to cleanup.
Water damage affected the flooring in the first two units, on both the upstairs level and the main level.
The water damage was a result of the water from the fire department extinguishing the fire.
The kitchen and downstairs bathroom received the majority of the water damage since they were directly below the upstairs fire.
There was also quite a bit of damage to the walls and ceiling in the upstairs bathroom after the fire department removed the tub.
The owner of the property let us deal directly with his property manager to ensure clear communication on the project.
We worked with the insurance adjuster to ensure everything that needed repaired was included in his scope of coverage.
Likewise, he worked hard to ensure we kept our prices where they should be for the customer.
That’s how we work together with the insurance adjusters on every single job!
After the fire inspector ruled out arson (most fires are investigated to determine the cause and motive), we were given the green light to move forward with this rental unit fire restoration.
Our next step was the removal of contents from the units.
After that, we set up an Odorox machine to remove the smoke scent in the unit farthest from the fire.
Next was the Demo Phase, during which we removed flooring and any portions of walls that needed replaced.
We brought in a dumpster to haul away the materials, and our crew cleaned up after themselves every. single. day.
As the new materials arrived, we rebuilt the bathrooms, walls, and ceilings.
We installed new…
- vanities in the bathrooms.
- tub and shower.
- towel racks and lights.
We paid special attention to ensure the firewall between the units was constructed correctly.
New windows and doors were required as well.
We blew in new insulation where needed in the ceiling and walls.
In our experience with the large number of fires we have helped with, sometimes the fire can be contained quickly before it spreads and consumes a lot more of the house.
However, smoke and water can cause significant damage, even if the fire doesn’t touch parts of the house!
To remove the smoke damage in the units, our team put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and new flooring throughout each unit.
Until we are completed with a project, we take precautions to prevent our crew from tracking dirt onto the new flooring or scuffing it up.
Once everything has been completed, we walked through both units with the property manager to get his approval.
As we walked, we are looking for the little details to ensure everything is finished with excellence.
After each of those details has been completed, the property manager gave us his signature for the customer’s satisfaction form.
From start to finish, this rental unit fire restoration only took 5 months.