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Get Assistance From FEMA For Your Property Damage and Loss

Fire Damage

Attention: All homeowners who suffered property damage and loss from the Woolsey fire that have not yet apply for the Individual Assistance from FEMA should do so ASAP. The deadline is January 11, 2019! Applications can be made online or at the Disaster Center at the Janss marketplace in Thousand Oaks. For help with your fire loss and reconstruction, please feel free to contact Mega Builders at818-407-5533 or call Alon Toker (it’s President) directly at 818-535-5656.

Restore Your Property After Fire Tragedy With Expert Restoration Services

Wossley fire

As we noted in our previous post concerning the rebuilding of fire-damaged homes, adjusters and contractors evaluating the damages and scoping the work, may miss items that are hidden or that are not readily apparent. As a result, homeowners whose homes were devastated in the recent Woolsey Fire may find repairs and restoration work lacking. In fact, even if they are not aware of the substandard and incomplete repairs, these homeowners and their families would be relegated to live with the repercussions for years to come. A great example of an oftener mishandled issue is smoke damage. Smoke is pervasive and the soot and carbon particles that coat everything after a fire should be addressed. Rarely though this is properly or fully done. In a typical fire and smoke loss, the insurance adjuster will allow for some surfaces to be cleaned (power washed at the exterior or wiped down at the interior) based on obvious visual evidence or on some samples the adjusters take off of surfaces in the house during their visit. This is a deficient and an incomplete approach. First, trained technicians need to collect samples and do so all over rather than selectively. Furthermore, attics, insulation, furniture, clothing and so forth are notoriously ignored and are rarely properly if at all cleaned. Homeowners should make sure to have present and involved, in every inspection and in the process of scoping the work, professionals that a are well familiar with these type of losses representing them (rather than rely upon the carrier’s adjuster and/or contractors and experts alone.) For more information or for help with your fire loss and reconstruction, please feel free to contact Mega Builders at 818-407-5533 or call Alon Toker (it’s President) directly at 818-535-5656.

Take Professional’s Help For Restoring Fire Loss And Reconstruction

Fire Damage

There is more to smoke and fire damage than meets the eye. As insurance adjusters and contractors evaluate fire damage from the recent Woolsey Fire and scope the work that is needed to restore the property to pre-loss condition, some potential damage may be hidden but must not be ignored. In this post we will explore damage to concrete slabs and foundations from fire. In subsequent posts we will discuss other issues and system. As outlined in an excellent article published on the Ventura County Recovers website, “footings, slabs and foundation systems in fire-destroyed builders are not typically permitted to be re-used.” This is because the intense heat can damage both the concrete and the steel reinforcement embedded in it. The moisture barrier that’s under concrete slabs is probably undermined as well, as are any pipes that are running though or right under the slabs. In addition, current codes are more restrictive and so the old footing and foundation will likely not be in compliant and would need to be rebuilt regardless. And so, when scoping work on fire damaged homes, almost always, the removal of the existing foundation and slabs should be included, along with the building of new ones, of course. For more information or for help with your fire loss and reconstruction, please feel free to contact Mega Builders at 818-407-5533 or call Alon Toker (it’s President) directly at 818-535-5656.