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Old 01-19-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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I have a small (600 sq ft) A-Frame type house that suffered a large kitchen fire. The small house got so hot that all the windows blew-out and all the plastics inside melted off the walls. The entire kitchen was burned, but the other parts had severe smoke and heat damage. The sheet rock tape was peeling off in aread and you can see pop marks throughout the walls as the nail holes got heated and poped off small pieces os sheetrock. The 1 bedroom is upstairs and shows the same type of damage. The big question is... Should this sheetrock be replaced?? I am also nervous about the wireing, as some of it has been melted. Should this be replaced as well?? Any advice is welcome Thank you

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Old 01-19-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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I would suggest that you go ahead and take it out, install new.

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Old 01-19-2008, 07:57 PM   #3
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I would contact your insurance company and at the very least get an estimate from a pro of the scope of what needs to be replaced.

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Old 01-19-2008, 11:53 PM   #4
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The ins. company only wants to replace the rock in the kitchen and wants to have a steamcleaning company "clean" the rest of the house. They say a little cleaning and some paint and all will be fine????? I'm no expert but I feel like there is damage there that they just want to cover up and save cost. I was wanting some other opinions on this to see if I was being unreasonable or if the ole ins. company is pulling one over on me. Does anyone had any exp. in this type of dealing??? Thanks
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You pretty much answered yourself in the original posting. If you have to question the quality of the remaining structure, then you need to get an inspector in there, not just go by the Adjuster's words. The adjuster is there to not give away the company, not to satisy the customer.
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Independant inspector. That is all.
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:01 PM   #7
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Ok, Thank for all the input!!!
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Ok, Thank for all the input!!!
I also had a house fire 3 months ago. heavy damage in kitchen and nail showing in the rock in the rest of house. I was told if the nails were showing that was from heat and it was cheaper to replace. Our house is down to studs and roof. They have now painted all the studs 3 times with kills paint. 60 gallons. my house is only 1700 feet. It is hard to tell what I am smelling now,paint or smoke. I have heard from everyone that you can not tell if the smell is gone untill they heat the house up again.
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treedoc; Sorry to hear but the answer is real simple: GUT IT, REALLY
If the heat was that intense then it is even possible that the wiring within the walls is now suspect. It only romex which is plastic jacketed. I would NOT allow your insurance Company do anything less than a full gut, complete PROFESSIONAL Electrical inspection, replace ALL insulation,new sheetrock,paint ETC.
I would tell your insurance company this ONCE, If they balk I would contact a lawyer. Right now I would consider your house hazardous and unsafe to live in and tell the insurance company that.
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Don't say if you don't want to. But, who is your insurance company?

I have a friend who's house had to get stripped down to studs (unattended candle) after a fire. Their insurance company took very good care of them it was (SF).

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