Why HOW Restoration?

Why HOW?

We are a local company with plenty of experience. Following Hurricane Sandy, owner Jason Hartley helped with damage restoration at hospitals, schools, and commercial & residential properties along the coast.

Unlike some other nationally franchised restoration companies, HOW Restoration provides reconstruction & storage services so you can work with one company for the entire clean up and restoration process.

1. Emergency Service / Board ups

HOW Restoration can arrive on-scene just a few hours after a fire in order to board up and prevent further damages or unwanted guests in the vacant property. We are also able to perform any structural stabilization if required. After a fire, a building can be dangerous and unstable. You’ll want to leave boarding up in the hands of qualified professionals to ensure everyone’s safety.

Emergency Board Up

2. Inspection

A walk-through of the entire property is necessary to inspect the extent of the fire and smoke damage. It’s very possible that adjoining rooms and areas have damage that went unnoticed initially. This inspection will help us to develop a detailed plan of action.

Fire Damage Inspection

3. Contents Removal & Storage

We’ll act quickly to get all of your belongings out of the property as soon as possible. HOW Restoration will take care of cleaning, repairs, and will even store possessions for as long as needed during the reconstruction process. Your items will be maintained in a secure storage facility until they are returned.

Fire damage

4. Water Removal

Unfortunately, many times the fire was put out using a tremendous amount of water or chemical. At this point, we must handle the situation as our water extraction process recommends. This includes removing standing water and properly drying out the structure before we can start with the cleaning and deodorization.

Water Damage

5. Smoke Damage Clean Up

Smoke and soot can travel and penetrate other rooms affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing and any other belongings. Ventilation of the fire scene and debris removal is an effective first step to clean up after fire. Any items that can be removed will be placed in storage and professionally cleaned. In many cases, we can also restore documents and electronics that have been affected by the fire.

Fire & Smoke Damage

6. Cleaning & Sanitizing

Cleaning all surfaces and contents is the next step. All salvageable items and structures will be restored to pre-loss condition. There are many techniques used to remove smoke odor such as fogging equipment and industrial air scrubbers. HOW Restoration uses plant-based and organic solutions in all projects.


7. Reconstruction

You’ll need a general contractor who knows how to handle reconstruction or repairs after damages caused by fire, water, mold etc. This contractor should have great references and up-to-date insurance. At HOW Restoration, we have experience dealing with insurance companies and adjusters to help expedite the process, allowing your home or business to get back to what it was prior to the damage.


If you have questions about fire and smoke damage, fill out our Contact Us form or call (484) 442-0003.