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Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

An enormous amount of damage can result from a fire. In addition to the damaged building and ruined belongings, the smoke and soot odors will linger for months. You will want fire and smoke damage restoration services from dependable experts at Innovative Restorations to start the cleanup and repair processes. Our IICRC-certified technicians are skilled and prepared to repair your home or business after a fire in Cookeville, Crossville, Sparta, and other cities around Tennessee's Upper Cumberland Area.

As a family-owned restoration company, we know the area and have the skills & equipment needed to initiate water and smoke mitigation. We also handle smoke damage cleanup, soot damage restoration, and deodorizing services for homeowners and business owners in these Tennessee counties: Cumberland, Morgan, Knox, Overton, Pickett, Roane, White, Putnam, Fentress, and Jackson. To learn more, reach out to Innovative by calling 931-546-1155. To make a reservation for services today at your property in Tennessee, simply click here.

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Smoke & Soot Damage Cleanup

To properly clean up smoke and soot damage, you need a lot of patience, the right skills, and cutting-edge tools. When our licensed professionals from Innovative Restorations arrive at your residence or place of business to start the fire damage restoration procedure, they are equipped with all of those resources.

Usually, cleaning up soot is the most difficult task. The residue adheres to practically everything and gets everywhere. Smoky smells will need to be eliminated, but with the correct tools, you can get that smell out of your home, clothing, and possessions.

Smoke Damage Cleanup

Trust Us for Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Restoration in Cookeville & Crossville

When a fire occurs in your home, it leaves behind smoky odors and a silty residue called soot. Soot can wreak havoc in ways you might not realize. It can float into your air ducts and settle there before being spread throughout the property by your furnace or AC unit. To remove these issues, our IICRC-certified technicians at Innovative Restorations have the skills and savvy needed to get your home or office back to pre-damage condition ASAP following a fire.

They will remove soot from your air duct registers and clean them to avoid unwanted surprises later. When you need our help for fire, smoke, & soot damage restoration at your property in Lenoir City, Knoxville, Livingston, or Gainesboro, give us a call at 931-546-1155 or click here to secure services ASAP at your property within our service area.

Soot Damage Restoration

Fire, Soot, and Smoke Damage Cleanup & Repair Tips

What You Need to Do Now!
Every situation is unique, but here is what you should do after the fire is put out:
  • Schedule for us to come to access the damages.
  • Contact a furnace technician if your furnace has malfunctioned.
  • Make arrangements for housing if damage is severe.
  • Exhaust smoke by opening windows. (weather permitting)
  • Remove any pets and plants if necessary.
  • Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off and prop doors open to allow circulation.
  • Put a thin film of Vaseline on metal surfaces to protect it until cleaned.
  • See the list below regarding valuables and your important items.
  • Photograph damages as you inspect your premises.
What You Should Not Do after a Fire?
  • DO NOT wipe or attempt to clean fire residue from walls, ceilings, or absorbent surfaces.
  • DO NOT eat or consume any food or beverages that have been exposed to contamination. Let us advise.
  • DO NOT hire a non-certified or non-accredited restoration company.
  • DO NOT live in the dwelling if the damage is too severe and safety is an issue.
What Innovative Restorations Will Do?
To be able to effectively determine the degree of damage done by the water damage, Innovative Restorations has specialized moisture inspection meters and thermal imaging cameras to gauge the damage incurred. As we're working through the recovery process, we will:
  • We can board up of windows, roof and structural damaged areas to prevent further loss from weather related conditions and intruders.
  • Firemen bring water. We have the equipment necessary to extract the gallons of water left behind.
  • We have the technical skill to remove loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting throughout the structure.
  • Our services can include the washing of your structure's contents wherever soot is present.
  • Odor removal is a process. We suggest having us start immediately to minimize the burnt smells and damage.
  • Submit our written estimate to both you and the insurance adjuster. We will be your advocate for contents and structural work necessary.
Do You Have to Leave Your Home?

This is ultimately your decision. You should consider all safety issues, odors, electricity, noise from equipment, etc. If you are vacating your premises for any length of time, consider the following: forward your mail to your temporary residence, stop newspaper and other deliveries, notify utility company, cable company, etc. regarding temporary suspension of services. We have generators, if electrical wiring was subject to fire and water damage.

Leaving the premises? Be sure to keep these items with you:

  • Cash
  • Checkbooks
  • Medications
  • Personal Documents
  • Pets
  • Electronics: computer, laptops, chargers, etc...
  • Weapons/Ammunition
  • Valuable Collections (stamps, coins, jewelry)
  • Valuable Paintings
What to Do with Content?


Be very discerning when dealing with food. Throw out any food if it is burnt or if it does not have an air-tight seal. If it's been exposed to heat, smoke or soot. In addition, do not use any canned foods if the can has bulged, is badly dented or has rusted.

You can keep refrigerated food if your refrigerator was not damaged in the fire. Your refrigerator will keep cold for 4 hours if it is well sealed. In case that the power was turned off during the fire and the refrigerator was turned off for more than 4 hours, discard the food.

Medicines and Cosmetics

Inspect medicines and cosmetics carefully to make sure that they are clean of soot, dust, and all other chemicals that might have been in use to extinguish the fire. Discard medicines and cosmetics if contamination is suspected. Pre-opened items should be replaced. A child proof lid does not guarantee an air-tight seal.

Clothing and Textiles

Typically clothing and textiles (linens, towels, etc) can often be cleaned and disinfected. Discard these materials only if burnt. Keep records of discarded items. (snapshots and written list) Be extra cautious with baby and children clothes.


All other content can be reused after they are well cleaned and disinfected, dust and soot free. Inquire to us, should you have questions or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long will it take to repair fire damage?

Although we've assembled a multi-disciplined team of experts and craftsmen to figure in a bicycle made for two to do the task as quickly as possible, it's never a quick fix. As soon as the project scope is established, our fire damage restoration team gets to work on everything from renovation to sand/soda blasting, odor removal, and contents cleaning. We don't stop until you and the insured are satisfied with the results.

2. Is Fire Damage Insurance Covered By Us?

Yes, the majority of the time. The full breadth of coverage will depend on your specific policy, but in general, if the damage was brought on by a flame, it is covered. Your best option is to hire a seasoned restoration crew to help you with the claims procedure. We all know how to prevent some frequent errors when it comes to making sure the entire loss is recorded and covered. For example, many homeowners and insurance companies don't consider that your HVAC system may need to be cleaned of soot, and because water is used to put out fires, some portions of your property may need to be reconstructed due to water damage even though they weren't personally impacted by the fire.

3. After a Fire How Quickly Can I Return home?

Some landowners will shift in only a few days or it may take them months, based on the extent or placement of the heart injury. The fire department may frequently turn off the gas and electricity to the property, and those services won't be turned back on until a home inspector certifies that doing so is safe. You could be advised to stay until the trash cleanup is finished if you are aware of significant smoke damage and the home's inhabitants include older people, children, or people with chronic health concerns. Because they will have the means to hire and oversee the many tradesmen, working with a company with experience in fire damage recovery may usually get you back home faster.

4. How Should Soot Be Cleaned?

Soot elimination on your own is not advised. Surfaces will actually suffer irreversible damage from products that are currently on the market. Although soot is predominantly an oil-based substance, the residue also contains poisonous and likely biohazardous chemicals.

5. I extinguished a decent low fire in my house, but the smoke smell is still present. What can I do?

Smoke damage is not ever limited to a single place of the home, and it keeps behind a remnant that can hide in cracks and difficult-to-reach places, making it difficult to remove with only  a "simulcasting out." We often advise speaking with a smoke damage specialist who can help you understand the next steps.

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