Be In The Know When Dealing With Fire
Because no two fires are exactly alike, it would be impossible to rubber stamp the proper restoration methods for dealing with a fire. Just dealing with the wide variety of building materials alone, and the way they burn, can make things complicated and difficult to understand.
General advice is universal when it comes to what you should do if you experience fire damage. The list reads something like this - call your insurance company, secure the property, call a restoration team, and so on.
Certainly, fire damage restoration should begin in the first 24 hours, so choose a restoration company that is experienced and savvy in dealing with insurance companies. They will need to speak on your behalf to help reduce further damages and safeguard your claim.
Here is a quick list of things to ‘do’ and ‘not to do’ after a fire in your home:
- Keep foot traffic and activity in your home at a minimum. Too much activity will activate the soot and dirt causing it to find those hard to reach areas.
- Change the filters in your AC/heating units to prevent soot and dirt from recirculating
- Put down temporary walkways – sheets or towels
- Take pictures and document your losses
- Cover any unaffected assets to protect them from further damage
DO NOT DO’s –
- Do not try to keep any food items, including canned goods.
- Do not attempt to clean walls, ceilings or furniture. Leave it to the professionals.
- Do not try to reuse carpeting or upholstered furniture. They will need to be replaced
- Do not turn on any electrical appliance, including computers.
- Do not enter the home until you have been told it is safe to do so.
SERVPRO of West Mahoning County wants you to be safe after your home experiences fire damage. We have the expertise to handle everything for you and get your home restored back to preloss condition. We employ experienced project managers and technicians that will work with your insurance company to make the restoration process “Like it never even happened.”
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