Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage

Suffering a fire in your home or business can be one of the most destructive, and painful losses you can experience. Not only can the flames cause major damages, but the smoke and soot that spread lead to additional issues for your property and family.

When you experience a fire loss, there is likely no shortage of questions racing through your mind on what to do next.

Restoring your property after a fire is a multi-stage process, and requires professional care every step of the way. From the initial cleanup and tear-down, to the final touches of reconstruction that put your home or business back together; Dryco is the Northland’s Best full-service restoration company that can see your fire loss through from beginning to end.

We specialize in:

  • Home and Business Fires
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
  • Board-ups
  • Demolition
  • Contents Cleaning and Pack-out
  • Odor Removal
  • Reconstruction

Our Process for Fire Damage

Board-up & Secure

When a fire leaves your home or business exposed to the outside elements, you become vulnerable to further damage from problematic weather and allow unwanted third parties into your property. Dryco’s construction team is always on-call and ready to handle emergency board-ups no matter the time, the place, or the area needing to be secured. Once your property is secure, we begin removing hazardous materials and installing temporary measures such as structural adjustments, supplemental energy/power, and heat solutions that get you started on the road to recovery.


Contents Pack-out

Next, we remove your belongings, pack them neatly into our storage vessels, and bring them to our in-house cleaning facility. At Dryco, we implement esporta cleaning technology in our contents recovery division. Their machines allow us to remove more soot and carcinogens from your most prized belongings, and restore more of what’s important. Click here to see what Dryco has been able to restore using our esporta wash system!


Mitigation & Cleaning

Once all necessary contents and materials are removed, we work towards getting your home or business ready for reconstruction. Cleaning what will inevitably be reused during your rebuild, removing what cannot be cleaned in order to replace it, and deodorizing all affected areas. We finish this stage when your property is a clean slate for our reconstruction team, and no odor remains. We seal all materials that were cleaned and restored so as to prevent any future issues of odor or structural breakdown.



Our reconstruction team begins the rebuild of your property! Whether we need to start from scratch: framing, insulating, hanging and painting each and every room, or simply making patches throughout and putting everything back the way it was. You can trust that our construction team has the expertise and care to make everything look just right, down to the last detail. We handle both interior and exterior work, so your siding, roofing, doors, and windows all receive the treatment they deserve from the best contractors in the industry.


Contents Return & Final Cleaning

Your reconstruction is complete, and your home or business is ready to be filled once more. We perform a “pack-back” with all of your refurbished belongings, as well as a final cleaning. This marks the final stage in the fire recovery process, and you can finally breathe easy once your house is returned to its pre-loss condition.

Whether insurance claim or individual pay, Dryco will make sure that your property is restored both cost-effectively, and according to a set schedule. Our top priority is getting your life back to normal, quickly and correctly.


Smoke and Soot Damage

Not every fire levels your home or business, and oftentimes, minor fires happen that serve as severe inconveniences rather than life-changing events. No matter the circumstance, a fire brings with it harmful smoke and soot that can spread throughout your property, and leave hard-to-find but easy-to-smell residue on anything and everything it touches.

Everyone has come in from the campfire to find that their clothes smell like smoke, and that the distinct odor lingers until it is finally washed away. Unfortunately, when your home or business suffers a fire, the odor that results is far more pungent, and the acidic soot that blankets your property is corrosive to all materials: such as metal, wood, glass, plastic, and fabric. Unlike a campfire, clean and dry wood are far from the only things that start aflame, making the resulting byproducts far less sanitary and far more harmful.

If you have smoke or soot damage within your property and on your belongings, it may be a more daunting task than you expect to clean and deodorize the multitude of materials, structures, and contents you possess. Dryco uses industry-leading equipment, technology, and practices to clean down to the source, so you can recover faster and leave harmful smoke and soot behind.

Our Process for Smoke and Soot Damage

Source Removal

Our team will perform demolition of the materials, cleaning of the surfaces, and removal of the contents affected by smoke and soot damage to eliminate the primary source of odor. This is the most important stage in the process, as without proper source removal, odor will continue to affect your property.


Mechanical Breakdown

Next, our team uses equipment to remove or break down the remaining smoke and soot. This stage includes the use of HEPA vacuuming, cleaning with “soot sponges” and lambswool dusters, and a thorough scrubbing with degreasers or mild detergents. Air scrubbers with specialized odor filters help to eliminate lingering smells still present after cleaning and demolition are complete.

Chemical Breakdown

For especially difficult odors, Dryco employs highly technical chemical solutions which further work towards ridding your home or business of powerful-smelling odor. During this stage, we can disrupt the physical composition of the odor through chemical fogging, ozoning, and liquid oxidizers which make the odor more susceptible to being wiped out, once and for all.



Finally, When complete source removal and the long-term integrity of your smoke and soot issue has been resolved, we can seal the affected areas to ensure any harmful substances are kept concealed for good. This stage is critical for the preservation of your property and belongings as it ensures our restoration will stand the test of time.


See how we’ve helped others who experienced Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage:

Porch affected by Smoke and Soot Damage
Kitchen affected by Smoke and Soot Damage
Home affected by Smoke and Soot Damage

Preferred by local agents and adjusters, Dryco works with all insurances providers

Here’s what others have to say about Dryco:

monica postlewaite
in the last week
Dryco completed a complex job at our apartment building. From the beginning to the end of the job, the staff (Logan, Chris, Rob and Tim) communicated clearly and handled everything very professionally. I had some specific requests that they gladly accepted. I highly recommend this business!
Elise Lien
a month ago
We had some water damage in our basement guest bedroom. We hardly ever use that room, so the door is always closed. Wednesday at noon I went down there to make up the bed for some guests, and I opened the door to a horrible smell! Found that water had…
sandra terwey
4 months ago
I handled all aspects of my grandson, Robert Alvillar reconstruction from house fire. Every Dryco employee was extremely professional, polite and did a beautiful job. I am not posting much for pictures as all I have is when storage was delivered back and place is a mess. A couple so…
Reliable Agency, Inc.
6 months ago
After water backup last winter 2022, the Dryco clean-up team was at one of our client's houses ASAP, making sure that the problem was taken care of right away. Subsequently, the Dryco construction team rebuilt the damaged areas and and the family can enjoy a safe, warm, DRY basement once…
Misha Smith
6 months ago
Great experience working with Dryco! Peter is exceptional and provided consistent communication before, during, and after our commercial project. Having a single point of contact was a huge benefit and alleviated a lot of anxiety. We did a final walkthrough together, which provided me the opportunity to review the work…

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