Fires are one of the most devastating events that can ever happen to a building. Of course, every house fire needs to be controlled and extinguished by professionals but unfortunately that’s not where the problems end. Most of the times, during crises, people tend to not remember the necessary steps that needs to be taken in order to come out with the minimal potential damage. In this article, we will go over some of the fire damage restoration tips for homeowners and businessowners.
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The very first thing you should do if you haven’t already been to call your insurance company and let them know about the damage. This way, you can file a claim in the earliest manner and the process will start early. Documentation is a crucial step when filing your claim and keeping track of all of those documents will be quite hard. Therefore, make sure to prepare a checklist for all your documents. Additionally, document any interaction with your insurance company and the rest of the companies you work with.
Of course, firefighters will extinguish the fire. However, that doesn’t mean that the hazard is over. The smoke and fumes created by the fire is a hazard to your family members and your home. Therefore, proper ventilation of your home after the fire is crucial. Open windows and the doors to provide the maximum ventilation. Additionally, you can put some fans inside your house. Just make sure to plug in the power cord to your neighbor’s home because your own electrical outlets won’t be safe to use.
Fire damages pretty much every single system of your house including your electrical system. Most likely, the electrical cords are significantly damaged. Therefore, don’t try to plug or unplug anything from your outlets until the professionals say otherwise.
Naturally, after the fire, you won’t be able to stay inside your house due to health risks and the damage. However, this doesn’t mean that your house will be entirely unprotected. Put barriers in the entrances and notify your local police department regarding the recent fire so they can keep an eye on your property while you are away.
Everthing that is produced because of the fire is considered a health hazard. Therefore, don’t try to clean up the house by yourself, because you will be faced with many toxic substances. Instead, leave the fire damage cleanup to the professionals. Contacting a professional restoration company as early as possible is crucial in minimizing the damage.
If you are reading this because you have faced a fire, we are very sorry and want to help as much as we can. Remember that Tidal Wave Restoration is here for fire damage restoration and is ready to assist you in more than one way. Unfortunately fires create more damage than what’s visible to many homeowners and need to be handled professionally. Additionally, when our team arrives to your house, depending on the assessment of the damage, we will help you to file your insurance claim. Our representatives are here to help you 24/7 and are ready to help you with various types of damage restoration regarding your property.