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Fire Damage Restoration Services

​At Cousino Restoration & Environmental, we understand the complexity of fire damage and are fully prepared to handle damage from the fire itself, smoke and soot damage, water damage, and whatever else may come. We are here to give you peace of mind during this challenging time, and will work tirelessly to restore your property as quickly as possible.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services For Northwest Ohio & Southeast Michigan Areas

With 45+ years of fire, smoke, and soot restoration services we are the clear choice to secure any size damaged property.


Comprehensive ​Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fires are complex and can cause extensive damage to your home or commercial property in a very short period of time. Even if the fire was contained to one area of the property, smoke and soot has likely travelled throughout the building, leaving behind residue and odors. If your fire was large enough to require a response from the fire department or to trigger a fire suppression system, you will also have water damage to deal with as well.

When you’re dealing with such significant damage to your property, professional restoration services are necessary to ensure all repairs are handled properly. At Cousino Restoration & Environmental, we provide comprehensive smoke and fire damage restoration services for homes and businesses throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. We have a team of certified technicians available at a moment’s notice who will work quickly and efficiently to restore your home or business to its original condition.

Our team provides emergency 24/7 fire damage restoration services, ensuring all work is initiated promptly to minimize further damage. In addition, our team includes licensed general contractors who can restore your property from the ground up if necessary. At Cousino Restoration & Environmental, we have the experience necessary to handle any job you may have, regardless of the scope of the damage or the size of the property.


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Fire Damage Restoration Services We Provide

Cousino Restoration & Environmental provides comprehensive smoke and fire damage restoration services to address every aspect of the process, ensuring you have a seamless experience from start to finish. Our fire damage restoration services include:

  • Temporary protection/board-up
  • Water removal and water damage restoration
  • Carpet and material removal
  • Cleaning and sanitization
  • Smoke odor removal and professional deodorization
  • Content Inventory, pack-out, and cleaning
  • Long Term Content Storage

Our team has witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by a serious fire, and we understand the significant hardships you’re facing due to this catastrophic event. Our team will work with urgency to limit the disruption you experience and help you move on as quickly as possible.


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Common Causes of Fire Damage

There are many events that can trigger a serious fire in your home or business. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Electrical fires – Faulty wiring and malfunctioning or overloaded electrical outlets are the most common cause of electrical fires in homes and businesses. To reduce the risk of an electrical fire, it’s important to schedule periodic inspections of your property to ensure your electrical system is up to code and there are no issues which can potentially cause a fire hazard.
  • Cooking fires – Cooking fires are the most common cause of fire damage in residential properties. Large cooking fires can occur when cooking oil exceeds 375° At this temperature, the oil can start to smoke and burst into flames. When cooking fires aren’t put out properly, they can grow quickly. Avoid using water to put out a grease fire since this can cause the flames to spread. Instead, use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher, or pour baking soda on the fire and cover the pan with a metal lid.
  • Candles – Candles can provide great ambiance to your home, but it’s important to remember that anytime you have an open flame, there is a risk of fire. Candles most commonly cause a fire when they are left unattended. To minimize the risk of a fire, always have someone in the room to monitor a lit candle, and always put them out prior to leaving the room, going to bed or leaving your house.
  • Portable heaters – Placing a portable heater too close to furniture, walls or other objects in your home or business can create a gradual buildup of heat that can potentially start a fire.


What to Do After Fire Damage

The most important thing to do after a fire is make sure everyone in the building is safe. If someone has been seriously injured, request emergency medical assistance at once.

After you address any urgent medical needs, you should take the following actions:

  • Stay off the property – Don’t re-enter the property until the fire department arrives and tells you it’s safe to go back inside. Fire damage creates a variety of potentially dangerous conditions, including structural damage to the property, electrical hazards, harmful fumes and particles from smoke and soot, and water damage. Going back inside before the fire department has addressed these issues can place your safety in jeopardy.
  • Contact your insurance company – Contact your insurance company to report the fire and initiate the claims process. In most instances, fire damage is covered by insurance. This typically includes the cost of fire damage restoration services as well as reimbursement for any short-term rentals or hotels you need to stay in while repairs are being made.
  • Contact a professional fire damage restoration company – After reporting the fire to your insurance, you should call a fire damage restoration company right away to secure your home, begin the repair process and limit additional damage. Cousino Restoration & Environmental provides emergency 24/7 fire damage restoration services and can be at your property shortly after receiving your call, regardless of the time of day.
  • Recover your possessions – When we arrive, our team will create a detailed list of all damaged property to provide to your insurance company. While we are doing this, you should locate all essential personal documents such as birth certificates, social security cards and passports. Compile a list of all documents that were destroyed and need to be replaced.

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Addressing Smoke and Soot Damage

The damage to your property does not stop once the flames are extinguished. Airborne soot and smoke residues will settle on just about every surface, leaving behind sticky or oily residues and odors. It gets trapped in ductwork, is absorbed into bedding, clothing, furniture and carpeting, and can be incredibly difficult to remove. Smoke can also be forced through penetrations in sheetrock, such as light fixtures and outlets, and be absorbed into the insulation inside of the structural cavity.

Because smoke damage is so extensive, attempts to remove it yourself can be incredibly time-consuming and ineffective. At Cousino Restoration & Environmental, we have the right tools and equipment to effectively treat and remove smoke odors and soot residues from your property and your belongings, including hard contents, soft contents, and electronics.



Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

At Cousino Restoration & Environmental, our team has established a thorough fire damage restoration process based on industry best practices. Our team is extremely diligent about ensuring all steps are performed properly every time. This extensive process includes:

  • Fire damage inspection – The first thing we do when we arrive at your home or business is evaluate the extent and severity of the fire damage. This allows us to create a customized restoration plan and give you an accurate timeline for completion of the restoration project.
  • Emergency fire board-up – We’ll secure your property by boarding up any damaged windows and doors. In addition, our team will tarp any holes to prevent leaks and to keep unwanted animals from getting into the property. These steps are critical to protect your home or business from additional damage due to vandalism, harsh weather elements or animal infestations.
  • Water extraction and removal – Often, water damage will occur due to the large quantities of water required to put out the fire. Our technicians will extract all water using specialized equipment and provide any water damage restoration services necessary to address this serious issue.
  • Fire damage cleanup – Our team will remove all fire damaged items and building materials, making it easier to address any soot and smoke damage you’ve experienced.
  • Smoke deodorization – It’s common to experience unpleasant odors from the smoke damage. Our team has special equipment and will use the latest smoke deodorization techniques to remove these odors and any potential safety hazards caused by smoke damage.


Fire Damage Repairs and Reconstruction

Types Of Structural Repairs

  • Framing
  • Roofing
  • Flooring
  • Masonry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Drywall
  • Priming
  • Sealing
  • Painting
  • ​Wallpaper

Repairs & Reconstruction

After the restoration process has been completed, our team will start performing any necessary repair and reconstruction work. Fires can cause extensive damage to building materials as well as the structural integrity of the building. In the worst situations, the entire structure will be compromised and require rebuilding from the ground up. In other situations, only a portion of the building may need to be rebuilt or repaired.

​No matter what the extent of the damage is, Cousino Restoration & Environmental can handle it. We are fully insured, licensed and registered in Ohio and Michigan, and our team is skilled in both fire damage restoration as well as reconstruction. By working with a single company from start to finish, the fire damage restoration process will be streamlined, and your property will be restored as quickly as possible.



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Fire Damage Restoration FAQs

  • Can fire damage be repaired?

    In most cases, fire damage can be repaired. When we arrive at your home or business, our technicians will assess the property to evaluate the extent and severity of the damage. Then, we’ll provide you with a customized plan to repair all damage and restore your property to its original condition. If the structural integrity of your building has been compromised, our team can handle all reconstruction work and rebuild your property so that it will be safe to inhabit again.

  • How long does the fire damage restoration process take?

    The length of time required to restore your property will depend on the extent of the fire damage. If the damage was minimal and limited to a section of the property, the process can potentially be completed within a few weeks. However, more extensive fire damage can often take months to repair. If the entire property needs to be rebuilt, the process can potentially take much longer.

    In general, fire damage restoration of residential properties will take less time to complete than with commercial properties since residential homes are typically smaller in size.

  • What is safe to salvage after a fire?

    In most instances, our fire damage restoration team can help you salvage just about any item that wasn’t directly exposed to flames. This includes:

    • Hardwood floors that haven’t been charred
    • Glass, ceramic and metal items that haven’t warped, melted or cracked from the excessive heat of the fire
    • Furniture, clothing, towels and bedding that hasn’t been burned

    Salvaging electronic items is a more complex process since the corrosive nature of soot can cause electronics to short-circuit. Even if your devices work after the fire, they may not last as long as they would have if they didn’t come into contact with a fire. All electronic devices should be professionally cleaned by a fire damage restoration company prior to using them again.

    In addition, any items that would be ingested, such as food and medicine, should be disposed of and replaced.

  • Do I need to move out of my home during the fire damage restoration process?

    In most instances, you’ll need to temporarily relocate while all repairs are being made since fire damaged homes present safety hazards. This is especially important if you experience significant structural damage to the building, your utilities have been temporarily shut off or your floors have been severely damaged. While finding a place to stay can be a hassle, it’s a critical step to prevent unnecessary injuries from the safety hazards present.

    In addition, soot and smoke will often travel throughout the house, causing unpleasant odors that may make your home unlivable while the fire damage restoration process is being completed.



Your Fire Damage Restoration Partner

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. We have helped numerous people in your exact situation many times over the years, and our team is ready to be your partner to help restore your fire damaged property back to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.

Let us help you restore your property and your peace of mind. Our experienced team will be by your side throughout the entire process, and we will make you our top priority. We provide full-service emergency response and property restoration services throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan and have a dedicated team ready to respond 24/7.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.