Understanding Why Fire Restoration Is Such A Complicated Process

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You would think that fire restoration services are a "black-and-white" sort of thing. Either fire has damaged things beyond repair and it has to be made new, or things are just singed and can be repaired/restored. Actually, restoration to your home after a fire is not quite so simple. Here is why:

What Appears to Have No Damage May Still Be Damaged

You could be looking at a wall in your house that did not seem to suffer any damage at all. Yet, fire restoration services can peek past the paint, plaster and drywall and see something quite different. There may be singed and melted insulation, or ash-covered stud walls from the fallout of smoke as it settled and the fire was extinguished. The clean-up effort to get behind the wall and not damage the "good wall" you see is often more expensive than pulling it down and rebuilding it.

Blackened Wood May Still Be Good

It is a fun little rhyme, but also one that reminds restoration experts to check underneath the singed surface. Maybe the flames just licked the surface before the fire was finally extinguished. A couple scrapings with a putty knife will reveal if the wood underneath is still good. As long as it is not a vertical support or major structural component, wood like this can be sanded, dried and left alone.

Some Stuff Can Be Recycled

Now, let's say you have some components in the home that were half-consumed by the fire. While they cannot remain in situ, the restoration expert can take them out and recycle them. If the fire ate the top half of a long board, the fire consumed portion can be cut off. If the board is wet, there is a way to dry it out and keep it from molding and warping. Then what is left of the board can be used to rebuild and restore your home (in some other part of it, of course). Determining what can be used as recycled materials after the fire is something only an expert, such as Icon Property, can do, since there are dozens of factors to consider in reusing materials taken from homes that had recently been on fire.


Fire restoration is not a DIY process. Fire restoration experts spend years in training and in the field, recognizing what to do and what can be done with a home after a fire. Unless you completely tear down what remains of your home and build a brand-new one, do not attempt any fire restoration services on your own.