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Consultants in Damage Assessment & Business Recovery


Whether in a commercial or residential property, fire can cause devastating damage. It is not just heat damage that is of concern, more often than not, the spread of smoke causes a far bigger impact. You have to understand how far the smoke has spread, and what that means for the materials that have been affected. Depending on what materials have burned, a range of harmful smoke contaminants can be left behind. These can both be a risk to occupants and contractors, as well as causing secondary damage through corrosion. When preparing a methodology to resolve the issues, you also have to consider the wider context of the claim, most importantly, what impact will the restoration methodology have on property occupants and the overall project costs?

At DF&A, our independent consultants take a holistic approach, establishing the extent and severity of the damage, providing you with the resolution you need. When involving DF&A in your project or claim, we will:

  • Engage with you to understand what is driving your project (alternative accommodation costs, business interruption, minimising occupant disruption, avoiding project delay penalties etc.)
  • Establish whether the site is safe for occupants and contractors alike with air quality testing
  • Determine the types of contamination present
  • Quantify contamination levels
  • Advise on how harmful/severe the contaminants present are
  • Determine how far the contamination has spread
  • Carry out necessary invasive investigation to understand the impact to the building, its fabric, fixtures, fittings and contents
  • Create independent scopes of works for strip out, decontamination activities and reinstatement aimed at minimising interruption to occupants
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the quality of restoration works, ensuring they are completed satisfactorily and within agreed timelines
  • Carry out clearance testing to objectively confirm issues have been resolved

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