Smoke Damage Assessment and Procedures

Heat and smoke from the fire can cause unseen damage. If you think your building may have suffered damage, get it checked out to see if there’s any further action you need to take.

Here's how you can make sure your home is safe:

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Step 1

Contact a licensed inspector. Smoke damage investigation, assessment, remediation, mitigation/abatement and consulting services should be performed by an individual recognized as a specialist through one of: 

  • The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC)
  • Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)
  • The American National Standards Institute

Note: The City of Santa Rosa recommends using laboratories accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), or another industry recognized certifier to provide the City with a ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ upon request.

Step 2

Following the inspection and assessment, you will get a mitigation report that determines the extent of cleanup, repair, and/or removal and replacement of interior and exterior wall finishes as well as HVAC and other systems.

Step 3

If repairs and/or removal are required, you will likely need to get a building permit and undergo inspections to verify compliance according to the California Building Code.

NOTE  Under State guidelines, an individual or consultant that conducts the investigation, assessment, or prepares the remediation plans for a site CANNOT conduct the remediation or abatement activity on the same site.


Smoke damage is a real concern, and together we can overcome its impact. If you have any questions or concerns, call (707) 543-4649.