Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Chicagoland’s Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Team

In the event of a fire, it is critical that the cleanup process begins immediately to protect your home and any personal property that can be recovered. GCPRO Restoration has witnessed first-hand how damaging and destructive fire and smoke damage can be to a home and to those affected by this unfortunate event. Let GCPRO Restoration help return your home and property back to normal. 

Not only are our technicians certified and experienced in providing high quality fire damage cleanup and repairs, but we are always on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure that your home is getting the best care possible.

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Day or Night
  • Certified, Licensed, & Insured Professionals
  • Full-Service General Contracting Services
  • Highly-Rated & Recommended

Call GCPRO Now for Immediate Assistance, 24/7

Don’t Wait: Prevent Damage From Smoke Residues

 After a fire, one of the greatest threats to your home is smoke damage. Smoke residues are acidic, and can cause permanent corrosion, staining, and discoloration damage to even the strongest and hardest materials over time. During a fire, the inside of your home can become pressurized, forcing smoke residues deep into cracks, building materials, electronics, and more. 

The type of smoke residues present after a fire depend on various factors including temperatures and materials burned:

Wet Smoke Residue: This type of smoke residue is often sticky, odorous, and smears when wiped. Wet smoke occurs when a fire is smoldering or has low-heat. 

Dry Smoke Residue: Dry smoke leaves a fine, powder-like dusting. This type of smoke occurs with fast and hot fires.

Protein Residue: Most common with cooking fires, protein residues are highly odorous and may not be visible on surfaces, often resulting in discoloration of paints and varnishes.

Additional Residues: Various other residues including fire extinguisher chemicals, tear gas, fingerprint powder, and other chemicals must also be cleaned to prevent damage and restore a clean and healthy environment.  

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Steps to Take After a Fire 

What To Do Right Away (And What Not To Do)

After a fire, there are some things you can do to protect your home and minimize the damage. These tips are meant as a guide, and you should only address these items if it is safe to do so. Always use extreme caution and follow all orders given to you by the fire department or first responders. 


  • Individuals with a medical condition or chemical sensitivities should move to a clean environment if they experience dizziness or nausea. Should symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
  • Open windows and doors in the affected area to allow smoke out and clean air in.
  • Close doors to areas that were unaffected by the fire or smoke.
  • Remove and relocate any pets to a safe, clean environment.
  • Call GCPRO’s 24-hour disaster response line at 847-656-3322.
  • Call your Insurance Company.
  • Begin to inventory and document your items.
  • Remove all items from your refrigerator and freezer and leave the doors open.
  • If your HVAC system is operational, change the furnace filter.
  • Secure damp cheesecloth over air vents to capture any loose soot in the air.


  • Don’t enter the home unless you are sure that it is safe and structurally sound.
  • Do not use any electronic equipment or appliances. Unplug these items and have these items checked and cleaned thoroughly by a qualified technician before use.
  • Do not use ceiling lights if the ceiling is wet; a short circuit could result.
  • Don’t try to remove smoke residues. Water or soap may cause additional damage, and you may make the smoke residues more difficult to remove. 
  • Do not attempt to clean your carpets. Rely on a professional with experience with smoke damage. 
  • Don’t consume any food items exposed to high heat or smoke. Even sealed or canned items can be dangerous. 
  • Avoid using upholstered furniture, walking on smoke-damaged carpets, or handling draperies. 
  • Do not take clothing, draperies, linens etc., to a dry cleaner. These items require special equipment and procedures to fully remove soot and smoke odor.

Rely on GCPRO to Restore Your Fire & Smoke Damaged Home

GCPRO restoration technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We meet or exceed all IICRC standards for cleaning and restoration and are qualified to provide:
  • Emergency board up services
  • Personal property pack out, inventory, and cleaning
  • Professional smoke residue cleanup
  • Smoke odor removal
  • Structural drying and​ dehumidification
  • Water damage cleanup
  • Demolition, selective demolition, and debris removal
  • Mold remediation
  • Disinfection & sanitization
Attempting to clean and restore a fire damaged property on your own is dangerous and can result in more costly repairs in the future. Without the proper training and knowledge, it is nearly impossible to know what measures need to be taken for successful restoration. Rely on your local experts at GCPRO Restoration who have your best interests in mind and who can safely restore your property back to normal. Give us a call now!

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For 24/7 Emergency Service, Please Call 847-656-3322.