Post-Fire Restoration Tips
After a fire, you want to get started cleaning up your house immediately. The smell of smoke is going to be on everything and can be hard to get rid of, and if you have water damage from the fire being put out, it can be a lot of work to handle on your own. It's best to leave this type of work to a professional restoration company. Read on for tips to help you if you've experienced a fire in your home.
Call Your Insurance Company
Call your insurance company immediately after your fire and let them know what has happened. They may give you the name of a restoration company that they use, or you may be able to find one of your own. Talk to the insurance company and let them know exactly that happened so they can send an insurance adjuster to your home. They can also get started on your insurance claim so you don't have to wait too long for any money to replace lost belongings or to get you relocated if need be.
Take Inventory And Pictures
Before anything is done with your home, you should take an inventory of what is in your home and what has been damaged. Take pictures yourself to use for your insurance claim, especially if an insurance adjuster isn't sent out right away. This will be helpful with your insurance claim, as well as to protect you in the event something goes missing.
Take Out Valuable Belongings
Depending on how extensive your damage is, you may be out of your home for awhile. You don't want to leave valuables in your home if you aren't there in case someone breaks in while your home is empty. Take out anything of value or that is irreplaceable such as family heirlooms (if they weren't damaged in the fire). Don't leave these items in your home if you won't be there.
Leave The Hard Work To The Pros
It may be tempting to take out everything and toss it in the trash, but not everything is trash. Some things may be able to be cleaned and may just be smoke damaged. Leave all of the hard work to the pros. The fire restoration company is going to be able to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be tossed in the trash. Allow them to do their job and to do a thorough job on your home to make it safe again for you and your family.
If you have had a fire, whether a minor one or a major one, call a professional residential restoration company to help with the cleanup.