Residential Fire Types & Restoration Services in Greater Chicagoland

Romexterra Construction can provide you with the most professional restoration services for different types of residential fire damage in Greater Chicagoland.

House fires are most likely caused by kitchen accidents or appliances, home electrical systems, space heaters, and smoking-related mishaps. The cleanup and repair for different types of residential fires may require unique solutions. 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 Construction, 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: 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: 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 suppress these blazes.
  • Class C Fire Damage: Would likely 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 fuels this fire. 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: 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. Typically kitchen-related, very destructive, burns hotter than Class B flammable liquids.
  • Primary Fire Damage: If the 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 the 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) because the blaze exposed the building's interior. 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 has been providing fire and water damage restoration to customers in Chicagoland and its surrounding areas for nearly two decades. We offer structural drying, water damage restoration services, appliance leak clean-up, and water extraction. 

We offer structural drying, water damage restoration services, appliance leak clean-up, and water extraction. Contact us or call 312-313-2426 and we will dispatch a team at your service in Addison, Lockport, Barrington, Markham, and other parts of Chicagoland.

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