Fire Damage Restoration

“Our goal is to make you feel as if you never experienced fire damage to your property.”

Among the ashes, there is a glimmer of good news. That is, this is what we at McMahon Services and Construction are here for. It is what we are trained to do. Our fire damage restoration technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency in order to get your home or business back to normal, in pre loss condition, as quickly as possible.


Our comprehensive range of fire damage services, include board up services, water removal (from the water the fire department used to put out the fire), smoke and soot damage, lingering smoke odors, and reconstruction. You can trust us to be the fire damage restoration contractors to work with you and your insurance company throughout the entire claims process to repair your home or business.


24/7 Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

Having a house fire or fire damage to your business can be one of the most stressful or severe losses that someone can experience. After such a devastating loss, reassurance comes from having the support of a local fire damage restoration company that are able to save and restore as much as possible from the fire. Finding the “perfect” fire damage restoration contractor can be a difficult choice though. On the one hand, you have to deal with the emotional devastation of the fire itself. Not only is your professional or personal property affected by fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage, –but your life has been disrupted.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration

  • Emergency Board Up Services

  • Fire Restoration and Fire Damage Repairs

  • Smoke Damage Restoration

  • Salvage and/or Cleaning Your Personal Property and Contents

  • Storing Personal Items and Contents

  • Smoke and Soot Removal

  • Smoke Odor Removal

  • Structural Damage Repairs and Reconstruction

  • Cosmetic Damage Repairs

  • Debris Removal

  • Framing and Drywall

  • Fine Carpentry

  • Electrical and Plumbing

  • HVAC Services

Smoke Damage and Soot Removal

Smoke damage restoration is a process of first deciding what can be restored and what needs to be replaced. As part of the insurance’s claims process, items with a high replacement value or significant emotional value will be restored and stored safely until all of the fire restoration and repairs are completed.

Removing the smoke residue and soot residue from your floors, walls, ceilings, fixtures, upholstery, furniture, and carpet requires the help of a fire damage professional. Within days of a fire, further damage of discoloration and deterioration appear on walls and ceilings in both the affected and unaffected areas. A specialized process is done to clean, sanitize, remove smoke odors, and prep the area for reconstruction.

Smoke Odor Removal

Removing the lingering odors after a fire can be a difficult process. Even if the fire damage wasn’t extreme, smoke odors will seep into walls, floors, furniture, carpet, and other porous materials in and around your home or building. To remove smoke odors, this requires the help of property and contents damage professionals to clean, sanitize, and set up special odor removing equipment.

Recovery Process for Rebuilding & Remodeling After Fire Damage Restoration Is Complete

Upon completing the fire damage restoration process, you will be faced with deciding which company you would like to rebuild and remodel your home or building. This can be a chance to work with an entirely new remodeling company OR continue the recovery process with your current restoration contractor.

At McMahon Services and Construction, customers who have used us for both the fire cleanup services and reconstruction services have expressed how seamless it was to go from one phase to the next. Ultimately this speeds up the entire restoration process and can cost you less in time and in money –getting you back to pre loss conditions and into your home or building quicker.

If necessary, we can rebuild your home from excavating the foundation to finally putting in that kitchen pantry. It is possible to make changes at this time to those areas of your home or building that you’ve always wanted to update. For example, move a window or a wall, add a patio door, make a powder room into a full bath or add a master bath. We can go over these things with you and our architect.

FAQ: Fire Restoration / Emergency Fire and Water Restoration

After the Fire Department has left, and you are situated in a safe location, call your insurance company. They might have some protocols for you to follow in order to ensure the maximum benefit from your current policy. An example would be: Don’t throw away any items until they have been documented.
Your insurance company may, or may not, offer you a list of their “Preferred Contractors” to choose from. Depending on your policy, you may be able to choose your own company, independent from your insurance carrier. McMahon Services & Construction is a “Preferred Contractor” for many of the large insurance carriers.
You can take their information, but do NOT sign anything on the spot. There may be excessive fees or percentages charged for their bids. McMahon Services and Construction provides your bid for FREE.
McMahon Services & Construction will inspect your loss and provide an estimate. In that process, we will also take your insurance adjuster’s scope, compare it to our scope and make any additions that were not covered in our scope. We will also go over your loss with you. The homeowner has the most knowledge of the home, and their input is crucial to achieving an accurate bid.
1. Contact your insurance company and your mortgage company (Mortgage companies have an interest in your property and need to be contacted as well.) 2. Get estimates from competent, LOCAL restoration companies. You DO NOT want to have to track down your contractor a year from now if you need some related repairs. 3. Meet the owners of the Restoration Companies. Do you have a rapport with them? You should know that instinctively. 4. Check their references, look at their photos. 5. Visit one of their current/recent projects. 6. After you feel that you can comfortably work with a contractor and their staff, CHOOSE THEM! 7. Sign the appropriate paperwork and get the process going. 8. When done, enjoy their efforts on your behalf in your beautifully restored home.
1. If you have a mortgage, as most of us do, your mortgage company will usually be listed on the check as a payee along with you. 2. An escrow account may be set up where the insurance carrier sends a check to your mortgage company, they deposit it in their escrow account, and when a certain percentage of the project is done, they release the funds to your contractor accordingly. This check will usually require your endorsement as well. 3. You must pay your deductible. These can range from $50 on up. It just depends on what YOU chose when your policy was written. A larger deductible generally means lower insurance costs because you are covering the “little” losses without putting in a claim. Ask about our Claims Deductible Discount Card!
This is the best time. As devastating as your loss can be, we can make some changes that you otherwise might never have considered. For example, maybe you want to remove a wall, or add a wall, or change a bathroom layout. You give us your thoughts, and we’ll see what we can do. t
Customer Service is our number one priority-since Insurance Carriers recommend us as a “Preferred Contractor” we have a vested interest in keeping that status. To do that, you must be happy. We began a home services company in 1954, in Mundelein, with the same phone number that we currently have today. We are grounded here and you won’t have any trouble trying to find us down the road if you should encounter any problems. Or, maybe you will want additional work done in the future, as we have provided for many past customers. Quality Workmanship-we have proved ourselves in the community by providing the highest quality work. We have a great relationship with the local building departments and are often recommended by them. Finally, we take pride in our work. It is a reflection of us. We are proud to show you our previous projects and are certain that our homeowners are happy that their homes and emergency fire and water restoration were taken care of by McMahon Services and Construction.

Contact McMahon Services & Construction for your water and sewage damage, fire and smoke damage cleanup, or black mold removal today!

We have crews available 24/7 to dispatch to your Northern Illinois home or business location for your water damage clean up, fire and smoke damage cleanup, black mold removal, duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, construction and remodeling, roofing, and siding services. We offer FREE damage inspections and FREE estimates to residential and commercial customers in our Chicago, Arlington Heights, Berwyn, Des Plaines, Evanston, Mount Prospect, Grayslake, Mundelein, Libertyville, Oak Park, Palatine, Wheaton, Naperville, Waukegan, Schaumburg, Skokie, and surrounding IL service areas.