RHP Risk Management was contacted by the client following a fire in his home which originated in the garage and caused significant damage to the rest of the home. The client was staying in a local hotel during the insurance claim and initial clean-up process.
- Following the initial walk-thru of the home with the client, RHP returned to conduct environmental sampling of various materials and surfaces to assess levels of combustion byproducts (soot, char & ash) to generate supporting data to include in Post-Fire Restoration Protocol.
- RHP’s performance-based protocol provided easy-to-follow guidance on smoke and fire-related cleanup projects and is based on principals outlined in the standard industry guidance document: Restoration Industry Association Guidelines for Fire and Smoke Damage Repair (2nd Edition, 2007).
RHP Risk Management was contacted by a client who is an insurance adjuster specializing in smoke and fire damage-related claims. The project involved a vintage 3-story, 7-unit brick building on the north side of Chicago. A fire had occurred on the top floor rear porch which impacted the rest of the building to varying degrees. A combination of fire-response and an open building envelope caused a mold problem throughout the building which added an additional layer to the subsequent restoration project.
- RHP’s role initially involved conducting an assessment of the building while interior demolition was being conducted and focused on three main items: moisture, mold growth, and smoke odors.
- Subsequent site visits were conducted by RHP to assist the client in navigating environmental issues that needed attention to assist the building owner in restoring the building back to pre-fire loss condition. One early site visit included the collection of plaster core samples from walls throughout the building which were submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis of fire residue components. This analysis generated data proving combustion byproducts (soot, char, and ash) impacted the porous building materials, indicating further demolition was needed. Subsequent site visits were conducted to develop data and observations to be included in a performance-based mold and fire damage remediation protocol which is based upon ANSI/IICRC and RIA Guidelines.
- RHP provided periodic remediation project oversight at key milestones as recommended in the protocol as well as “clearance” sampling and a final walkthrough with all stakeholders to ensure all tasks were effectively completed.
- RHP analyzed and reported final results to client. Made recommendations and continued to assist throughout the mitigation process.