Disaster Recovery

Lappin’s has over 50 years of experience relieving homeowners of the trauma of fire and water damages.  With our mission of bringing you immediate peace of mind in the midst of chaos, Lappins’ technicians work hard to get your home back to pre-disaster conditions.

We first meet with the property owners and insurance agents to carefully assess the situation and determine the best methods to employ.

Fire Damage

  • Complete structural cleaning with dry-chem sponges24/7 Emergency Response
  • Ozone deodorization
  • Emergency board-up
  • Content inventory
  • Pack-out (Removal of damaged content for careful cleaning)
  • Ductwork soot removal
  • Pictorial documentation of damages

Water Damage

  • Complete drying of structural system
  • Hydrometer testing of hidden moisture locations
  • Content inventory, cleaning, and deodorization
  • Implementation of gale-force fans and dehumidifiers
  • Ozone deodorization
  • Hydro-jet extraction truck-mounted unit (for high-level water)
  • Removal of unsalvageable, water-logged structures
  • Microbial preventative treatment

Here is a list of things you may need to do while you wait for us to arrive:


  • Don’t use TV’s, stereos, or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked
  • Don’t wipe or attempt to wash walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces
  • Don’t use food items or canned goods that have been exposed to excessive heat
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Begin to remove any personal content from affected areas
  • Remove pets (especially birds) to a clean environment


  • Don’t use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet flooring
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • To speed drying, turn on air conditioning in summer; open windows in winter
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting with clean white towels
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs touching wet carpeting
  • Begin to remove any personal content from affected areas

And, most importantly: remain calm.  Lappins is on the way.