How Long Does It Take to Repair Fire Damage to a Home?

A house fire can be devastating – and if you’re like most people who have experienced this type of disaster, you want to know how long it’ll be until you can get your life back on track. So how long does it take to repair fire damage to a home? Here’s what you need to know.

How Long Does It Take to Repair Fire Damage to a Home?

Several factors determine how long it takes to repair fire damage to a home, including the extent of the damage and the home’s size. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how long it’ll take. Small projects can take just a few days, while projects stemming from larger and more catastrophic fires can take several months to complete.

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What Makes Fire Damage Repair Take Longer?

A small kitchen fire that damages only the stove, the range hood and the wall is an “easy” fix for most fire damage restoration contractors. Larger fires – including those that involve structural damage or utility damage – take longer to repair.

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Structural Damage

When your home’s structure is compromised by fire, it’ll take your contractor longer to repair. That’s because if structural damage isn’t properly addressed, your home loses integrity – and it could even collapse. Structural damage can include problems with:

  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Stairs
  • Power lines
  • Gas lines
  • Foundation (such as cracks)

Utility Damage

Utility damage can be extremely serious – and you may have to rely on your power company or other utility provider to make the repairs. Your fire damage restoration expert can’t fix lines that belong to the cable company, for example.

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Why Does It Take So Long to Repair Fire Damage?

There are several factors that come into play when it comes to repairing fire damage that it can take anywhere from a few days to several months. Your fire damage restoration expert will have to:

  • Assess the extent of the damage
  • Prevent further damage by blocking off entrances and sealing holes in the roof or broken windows
  • Dry the home
  • Remove soot and smoke
  • Deodorize furnishings and belongings
  • Deodorize and sanitize the home
  • Rebuild damaged parts of your home

Do You Need a Disaster Remediation Expert in Washtenaw County or Jackson County?

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