Your home experienced a fire. You’re grateful that you and your family were able to get out safely, but now you’re left wondering what to do next. Is it safe for you to go back inside? Will you be able to repair the damage done by the flames, smoke, and water? There’s a lot to consider and it’s important that you take the time to educate yourself on what steps need to be taken after fire damage occurs. This post will provide you with all the information you need to deal with fire damage and move forward with your life.
Waiting for Help to Arrive
In the first moments after exiting your home, you may feel helpless and want to take action. Never return inside of a home that is on fire in order to save something or to try to extinguish the flames on your own, as this could cost you your life. Even if the fire was small and you feel that there’s a chance that it has extinguished itself, you should never re-enter the home until you have been given the “okay” by the fire department.
After the Fire Department Leaves
If the fire department has told you that it is safe for you to re-enter your home, you may go inside and begin to assess the extent of fire, smoke, and water damage. Even after the “all clear” has been given, however, it’s very important that you and your family maneuver safely throughout the house. Be cautious about where you step, as fire and water damage may have weakened the structural integrity of steps and floorboards. Consider wearing masks to avoid smoke inhalation. At this point, it’s also a good idea to change out your HVAC filters and open all the windows in order to stop smoke particles from circulating. Also take care around electrical cords, wires, or outlets that may have been exposed to water while the fire was being put out.
When to Hire a Professional
In cases where the house fire was relatively small and the damages done were quite limited, you may be able to deal with the issues on your own. In most instances, though, it’s wise to enlist the help of a professional cleaning service. Companies that have a great deal of experience in working with fire, smoke, and water damage will be able to detect problems that may not be immediately obvious so that you don’t deal with serious complications or health risks down the line. They have the right tools and equipment for removing ash, soot, and harmful contaminants that may be present in your home after a fire and can provide you with the best advice on whether or not carpets and upholstery can be cleaned, and when they will need to be thrown out and replaced for the sake of safety.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Be sure to quickly reach out to your insurance company after a fire. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover some or all of the needed repairs after your home has sustained fire damages.
Choosing the Right Restoration Service
If you’ve made the smart decision to work with a fire and flood restoration service after a house fire, it’s important that you choose the right company to get the job done. Make sure that the business’s primary focus is on cleanup and restoration after fire and water damage have occurred and that they have a good amount of experience in the industry. A worthy service will also be willing to provide you with a free and fair estimate of the work that will need to be done.
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