Residential Fire Types & Restoration Services in Greater Chicagoland

Romexterra Construction Fire and Water Damage Restoration provides you with the most professional restoration services for different types of residential fire damages in Greater Chicagoland.

You may be aware that house fires are most likely caused by kitchen accidents and appliances, home electrical systems, coil space heaters, and smoking-related accidents. However, did you know that different types of residential fires may need to be approached differently for cleanup and repair? Your homeowner’s insurance may also classify a blaze as primary or secondary when you try to file a claim for repairs. What does that mean?

Different Types of Residential Fire & Restoration Methods

At Romexterra, we’ve put together this handy checklist to help you differentiate between the 6 common types of home fire damage based on fuel type and the 2 broader categories used by many insurers.

  • Class A Fire Damage: this type of fire is fueled by flammable solids, aka ordinary combustible materials. Embers are started by plastics, paper, rubber, wood, or cloth which leave ash behind. These blazes are often extinguished by water or other extinguishing agents.
  • Class B Fire Damage: it is fueled by high-hazard flammable liquids, combustible liquids, or solids that can be liquefied. Gases, solvents, petroleum, tars, oil-based paints, alcohols, lacquers, and solvents are usually involved. Foam extinguishing agents commonly extinguish these blazes.
  • Class C Fire Damage: it is fueled by flammable solids or liquids that would regularly be considered class A or B, except for the addition of energized electrical equipment. These blazes are often extinguished by carbon dioxide or dry chemicals to reduce the chance of electrocution.
  • Class D Fire Damage: a combination of combustible metals fuel class D fires, these metals can include magnesium, sodium, lithium, potassium, titanium, or zirconium. Blazes are extinguished by specialized powders, sodium chloride, or sand because water can break into explosive hydrogen and oxygen by extremely high-temperature flames.
  • Class E Fire Damage: these fires are fueled by flammable solids or liquids that would regularly be considered class A or B, except for the addition of energized electrical equipment. These would include sparks started by faulty wiring, worn-out home appliances, and improper electrical outlet use.
  • Class F Fire Damage: these fires (or Class K, according to the NFPA) are fueled by combustible cooking oils or fats. These are typically kitchen-related. They are very destructive and burn hotter than class B flammable liquids.
  • Primary Fire Damage: if your insurance company classifies your losses as primary, that means they were caused by contact with the flames. The exterior or interiors and contents were burned.
  • Secondary Fire Damage: if your insurance company classifies your losses as secondary, that means they were caused by contact with smoke (soot, ash, and odors), flame-related corrosives (like grease, oil, or rubber), or even the elements (water damage from rain, snow, or extinguishing efforts) as the blaze exposed the insides of your building. The devastation to the interiors and contents of a home or business is more likely to be classified as secondary.
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Why Choose Romexterra Construction Fire and Water Damage Restoration?

Romexterra Construction Fire and Water Damage Restoration has been providing fire and water damage restoration to customers in Chicagoland and its surrounding areas for nearly two decades now. We offer- structural drying, water damage restoration services, appliance leak clean-up and water extraction.

We take pride in the transformations we make in every home and plan to continue providing such dependable services for years to come. At the first sign of a burst, contact us or call us at 312-313-2426 and we will dispatch a team at your service in Deerfield, Plainfield, Clarendon Hills, Riverdale, Elmwood Park, and other parts of Greater Chicagoland.

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