Fire Damage Restoration
Smoke and Soot Cleaning, Deodorization, Board Up, Mitigation & Full Restoration
When to call Sid Grinker
How do you know if you can handle it yourself? Well, here are some guidelines on when it’s probably best to at least get a second opinion.
- Multiple units are affected
- Hallways are affected
- One unit is affected with major damage (anything beyond surface damage)
- There is more water damage than fire damage
- There is water you’re unable to dry (just because there as fire before the water doesn’t mean mold won’t grow)
- There are concerns about smoke odor
Reminders for Emergency Situations
Always call 911, your insurance company and Sid Grinker Restoration as quickly as possible and follow everyone’s instructions. Take photos of any emergency for records and explanations
Do not allow anyone back inside until the fire department has said it is safe. There are multiple reasons for this and tenants often struggle with the wait
What Happens When You Call?
First and foremost, it’s always better to call right away and have it be nothing than call in a few weeks with musty smells or mold.
Our office phone is always answered live 24/7/365. Enter it in your phone now: 414-264-7470
The key person will call the contact on site and then head straight to the project site to begin assessment and coordination of response, alerting our on call teams as soon as he has an idea of what will be needed.
- Our staff is divided into on-call teams including all disciplines: carpenters, water techs, drywallers, painters and laborers so that we can effectively manage your loss immediately
- Our trucks are always stocked and ready to go. We pride ourselves on restocking when we return so that we are ready for the next emergency
The project manager assigned to you at the time will review the extent of the damage, mitigation challenges, resource needs, outside vendors needed, such as electrical or plumbing, and any extenuating circumstances such as extreme cold. Often the immediate response team does not know if there is going to be a claim filed, so we are always as careful as possible. This includes:
- Sending a smaller team, at least initially
- Carefully removing baseboards
- Using minimally invasive structural drying techniques
- Setting equipment for maximum results
- Waiting to see how water travels, sometimes up to 24 hours before continuing demolition. Mold growth requires heat, “food” and time, usually 72 hours, so being patient can prevent disturbing areas that ended up not being affected at all due to water’s travel path
To prepare for our arrival gather as much information as you can, specifically:
- Type and extent of damage, materials affected, photos can be helpful and you can text or email to our team
- Access information: FOBs, keys, codes, etc
- Contact information for key people: maintenance, onsite manager, tenants, sprinkler maintenance company, alarm company, elevator contractor
- Determine what is essential; what is most important to you; what do we need to accomplish for you first so that business continues