After a fire, most people find themselves with a lot of unanswered questions, so we have compiled this list of helpful hints and advice for you.
Here are some steps that you should follow in the aftermath of a home fire:
Contact your insurance company immediately.
It is your responsibility to begin loss mitigation, including steps to prevent the damage from getting worse. Take inventory of damaged goods before discarding anything and save receipts for money spent relating to the fire loss.
Avoid falling structural components.
Although fire authorities may allow you to enter the house, the area still could be hazardous. Look carefully for structural damage that may be unstable, like charred beams and sagging ceilings.
Stay away from electrical shock hazards.
Check for exposed wiring. Also, be careful of damage inside walls and electrical lines not normally visible.
Keep people with allergies out of the home.
People with severe allergies or respiratory problems should stay out of the area until initial cleanup is complete. Weather permitting, ventilate the home to remove soot residues.
Wipe down durable surfaces.
Smoke residues combine with humidity to form acids that can stain grout, paint, bath fixtures, kitchen counter tops and may appliances. Immediate clean up of durable surfaces with household cleaners can dramatically limit your loss.
Call Tri State Restorations.
Tri State Restorations has certified professional technicians to provide advice and restoration of your home's contents after a fire. Only skilled fire restoration professionals can help you get your home and furnishings back to a "pre-loss" condition.
To prevent further damage to your belongings and ensure that your restoration can be completed quickly and smoothly, we also recommend that you: