Smoke and fire damage can bring all sorts of problems into your home. You have to repair and replace property, deal with insurance organizations, clean up the aftermath, and much more. That’s a lot to handle, and it can get overwhelming for anyone. You want the smoke and fire damage restoration process to be as painless as possible. Here are the steps you should take after smoke and fire damage affects your home.
Call The Fire Department
When a fire erupts in your home, naturally you’ll want to call the fire department. Don’t try acting heroically by attempting to put the fire out yourself. It can often make things worse. The longer you wait to call for help, the more fire damage will burn up your property.
Contact A Fire Damage Restoration Service
After your emergency is brought under control, you want to contact a smoke and fire damage restoration service. You need people to move any property scorched by fire, get rid of the ashes scattered across your home, and get your items repaired and replaced. Handling a job this monumental on your own is not advised.
Start The Clean-Up Process
You can’t handle all of the smoke and fire damage cleanup on your own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get started. Move all of your damaged property to one place. This makes it easier on the professionals when they make it to your home.
Don’t Use Electrical Appliances
Tremendous fires can cause significant damage, but not all of the damage is easy to notice. It’s easy to see the furniture that has suffered fire damage, but something less obvious is the damage to a building’s infrastructure. Specifically, you might be unaware of damage your electrical system has suffered. Fire damage can harm your electrical wires, and if you try to turn on electrical appliances, it might result in another fire.
Budget For Repairs & Renovations
Fires are among the most devastating disasters that can happen to your home. Even the smallest fires can require massive repairs to fix. Because of this, you want to make space in your budget for repairs beyond standard clean-up processes. The last thing you want is to have a fire destroy your home and then be ill-equipped to restore your home.
File An Insurance Claim
After a fire has torn up your property, you will want to file an insurance claim. The process of filing a claim can get frustrating, and it can wear down a person’s patience, but acting sooner rather than later is essential. Filing an insurance claim for fire damage gets more complicated, the longer you wait to act on the problem.
Don’t Throw Away Belongings
After a fire, you may want to throw all of your belongings in the trash in a fit of anger and frustration. Fire damage leaves you a lot to be displeased about, but you don’t want to throw away your possessions prematurely.
An insurance claims adjuster needs to inspect everything that has been damaged. After the inspection, there’s potential that your restoration service can repair everything that was damaged.
Let ServiceMaster Help You
ServiceMaster has over 60 years of experience restoring people’s homes and businesses with cleanup services. We also offer services such as reconstruction, drying, cleaning, and returning your property to its pre-loss condition. .Our experts will guide you through every step of the process in as painless a manner as possible. We will offer seamless, peace of mind service from start to finish with complete project management.