When a fire breaks out in your home, it is an alarmingly frightening situation. Fires threaten the safety of you and your family and can cause serious damage to your property and belongings. Knowing this, you may feel some sense of relief once the fire has been extinguished. However, it can still seem difficult to move on because of how much there is to be done to restore your property.
In the aftermath of a fire, there’s a chance that you will need to relocate — even if only for a short time. Your belongings may be ruined, and you may be unsure whether they can be restored. Your home may have been severely damaged by the fire and will require extensive work to repair and restore it.
Not only do you need to consider the charring and other effects of the flames, but also smoke damage and lingering soot. The amount of damage and work that needs to be taken care of after a fire can be overwhelming. But it’s important to remember to remain calm and be proactive.
Here’s what to do immediately after a fire:
1. Ensure Your Family’s Wellbeing
If there’s a fire, make sure everyone in your family is safe and accounted for. Check to see whether anyone needs medical attention and get them the help they need. Your family’s safety should be your top priority in the event of a fire, and you should address your family’s needs before bringing your attention to your property and its restoration and cleaning needs.
2. Alert Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance provider to inform them of the fire and file your claim. You will want to do this sooner rather than later, because the sooner you file your claim, the sooner you can start the restoration process for your property. And the sooner restoration begins on your property, the less of a chance there is for further or permanent damage. Depending on your coverage, your insurance provider can also assist with daily expenses for food and shelter while you’re away from your home if necessary.
3. Inspect Your Property and Document Any Damages
You should not re-enter the property until proper authorities have deemed that it’s safe to do so. But after getting the clear, you’ll want to inspect your property to figure out the extent of the damage. The last thing you want to do is to risk harming yourself after your property has already suffered damage from the fire.
While you inspect the property damage, make sure you document it as well. Take photos and videos of the damage and create a list that details what has been harmed. This will be useful for when you’ll need to provide your insurance company with evidence, and this will also help you keep track of how much damage has occurred.
4. Salvage Unaffected Items
While you inspect your property for damage, be sure to salvage any belongings that were unharmed in the fire so that you can store them someplace safe. This will prevent unharmed belongings from suffering damage from the after-effects of the fire, such as soot and corrosive byproducts.
This also makes it easier for insurance providers to evaluate your property and see what has been damaged, because there won’t be unaffected items in the way. Additionally, despite the lack of damage, you should still have such items cleaned, which can be done off-site by a professional content cleaning service.
5. Find Housing
Lingering smoke and soot can be harmful to you and your family. There can also be lingering odors from the fire, like smoke odors, that can be bothersome. So even if your home hasn’t suffered extensive damage from the fire, it’s best to stay elsewhere until your home has been thoroughly restored and is a safe, healthy living space again — even if it’s only for a day.
Check with friends and family to see if you can stay with them, or you can check in to a hotel. Your insurance provider may cover the cost of living while you’re away from your home. In such a case, be sure to keep track of your spending during this time, keeping receipts from your purchases and transactions.
6. Seek Fire Damage Restoration Help
The longer fire damage goes unaddressed, the greater chance there is for permanent damage. The fire may have also caused structural damage to your property, requiring immediate attention; otherwise, the building’s structure may not hold up.
Knowing this, it is crucial to seek assistance from a professional fire damage restoration service right away. Target Restoration provides professional fire damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, helping with the cleanup and restoration in the aftermath of a fire. We will be immediate in our response to ensure your property gets worked on right away. Our technicians will do structural repairs and have the proper equipment and cleaning products to conduct fire damage cleanup.
If you have recently suffered through a property fire in Texas, don’t hesitate to call Target Restoration at (877) 741-9026. We are available 24/7 to take your call.