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What Are the Primary Goals of Job Scoping for Fire Losses?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

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When Fire Damages Impact Your Santa Rosa Beach Condo or Home, Pre-Job Scoping Can help identify several critical factors to Maximize Restoration Efficiency 

Fire loss scenarios do not always have clear and identifiable effects for Santa Rosa Beach residences and businesses. Understanding the full measure of the threat to the property, including the pressing hazards like soot and smoke, can ensure fire restoration companies like our SERVPRO team choose the most efficient way to restore and recover the damages. The best option to achieve this is through pre-job evaluations known as scoping. This process ensures that the right data and information gets collected to have the right equipment, personnel, and safety measures available to make the restoration as efficient as possible.  

Fire restoration for Santa Rosa Beach properties requires multiple tasks simultaneously to return a property to a preloss condition. As challenging as this might initially be with condos, especially those in high-rise structures, job scoping can look first at some of the materials most likely to be impacted or ruined by migrating fire loss effects. Determining these elements' condition can help our team decide where controlled demolition is necessary and where restoration should occur instead. We look at these areas when job scoping first begins: 

  • Flooring 
  • Wall Systems
  • Ceiling Drywall
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets
  • Trim 

When Does Job Scoping Occur?  

As a preliminary action taken to determine what fire damage restoration and mitigation steps are necessary, job scoping must occur before these other actions begin. There are instances where emergency services can get conducted immediately when our SERVPRO team arrives at a damaged address when it suits the property. These initial actions are designed to reduce irreparable harm to the property through prolonged fire debris exposure, circulating soot particles, and structural openings that leave the condo vulnerable to outside elements. Once emergency services complete, job scoping with the property owner, and our project manager helps collect vital information to form the property's best restoration plan.  

What Does This Evaluation Seek to Determine?  

While job scoping is not the most prolonged phase of fire damage restoration or mitigation in Santa Rosa Beach, it is a stage that must be thorough. We catalog the necessary information into programs like Xactimate and SERVPRO DryBook to share the essential findings with insurance providers approving the damage claims for the condo. Because units are often single-story, open floor plans, the spread, and severity of fire loss effects can be more substantial than owners realize initially. Our professionals' job scoping seeks to determine several statistics, readings, and evidence of the fire loss. These include: 

  • Present Damages - Through photographic evidence, readings, and documentation, our SERVPRO professionals can identify what conditions exist because of the recent fire.  
  • Needed Reconstruction - With in-house contractors available to help with demolition and repairs, our crew chief and project manager need to identify areas where this demolition and replacement might be necessary.  
  • Estimated Costs - Insurance companies and the customer alike want to have an idea of what to expect regarding the cost of restoration and recovery. While the customer might only be asked to pay a deductible, transparency with estimations ensures that the right steps will restore your property the best.  
  • Pre-Existing Conditions - Issues and damages that existed before the recent fire emergency do not typically get included in fire restoration estimates and projected actions. Not only does this work to save the customer money, but it also makes the restoration process much faster.  

Can Steps be Taken to Improve Environmental Conditions?  

When our team first arrives, identifying unsafe conditions can help ensure that we take the appropriate measures to protect our professionals. Circulating soot can be easily inhaled, and because it is a carcinogen, it can be damaging to our technicians. Likewise, structural weaknesses or damaged surfaces can collapse without warning. Addressing the unsafe conditions in a condo as our SERVPRO professionals arrive to begin work is essential to providing an efficient platform for restoration production. Some of the ways that we can address these pressing concerns include:  

  • Deodorization 
  • Air Scrubbing 
  • HEPA Filtration  

Job scoping is one of the essential pre-mitigation tasks that our SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties team can perform to understand better the restoration tasks to come. These preliminary actions identify several factors about the job site, including the pressing concerns to address first and environmental factors that could threaten our responding technicians. We are available 24/7 to help with a comprehensive fire restoration approach from job scoping through reconstruction. Give us a call at (850) 267-0746. 

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