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The Aftermath Of Fire Damage
Even the smallest fires can turn into a major disaster, sometimes within just a few minutes. The bigger the fire, the more it is going to cost you in the long run and the fire damage restoration process will take some time. You need to take inventory of fire-damaged items, clean out the entire area (including the ones with just smoke damage), and attempt to remove the strong odors from the home.
While not all fires are very bad, some can be quite devastating. Some fires may even require you to leave the home. It is important to sit down with your family and make an escape route just in case this happens. Go over the general rules with everyone in the household. This includes not touching hot doorknobs, staying low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation (which is what makes many fires fatal), and don’t forget the most famous ‘stop, drop, and roll’ method if your clothing does catch on fire. These steps can truly save your life.
There are many steps to take after you have been involved with a house fire. Don’t ignore the fire department or insurance adjusters, they know what they’re talking about when it comes to safety in these situations. Even though the house may be a complete wreck, make sure you’re still locking it down. Boarding a house is important after a fire because leaving it open can create a window for thieves. Also, turn off all utilities, such as gas, water, electric, etc. This will prevent further damage to you and your family, as house fires can severely affect circuits and such. Calling your home insurance company out to come tally up the damage is also a very good idea. They will be able to inspect the fire damage and smoke damage and tell you what you will be getting compensated for. Make sure you do this soon. A fire damage remediation company will need to come in afterwards and clean up the mess. Our fire damage professionals remove all permanently damaged materials, clean up the items that can be saved, and remove all smoke damage odors. The longer you wait to call, the worse your items and home will become, leaving many things to be thrown away unnecessarily.
Although calling our fire damage restoration company is the best thing to do, there are some things you can do to help out until they arrive. Make sure the home is well ventilated. Open windows, use dehumidifiers, and most importantly, don’t move stuff around. Try your hardest not to smear the stains around as this makes it harder to remove later on. This saves the fire damage remediation company time and it also will save you a little bit of cash. If fire damage is heavy or if you have not been given the okay to enter the home, leave it be until our fire damage restoration teams arrive. Call today for all your fire damage restoration needs. We are here 24/7 to take your call and can send out our fire damage restoration teams right away!