What to do after Fire Damage
According to National Fire Protection Association the most common fire dangers are cooking equipment, heating equipment, dryers, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and arson. What do you do after the fire trucks have left? How do you get back to normalcy?
- Talk to your insurance agent before anyone else. They are experienced with property emergencies and recommend qualified remediation and restoration companies. SERVPRO is here for you.
- Secure the property and prevent further damage. SERVPRO will do this for you.
- Collect damage information. SERVPRO will collect photos of the damage for your insurance agent.
To facilitate repairs and rebuilding, you’ll want to move unaffected furniture, equipment and possessions out of the way. SERVPRO will do this for you. Even though they may not be fire damaged or scorched, it’s likely that most items will have some degree of soot or smoke contamination or water damage. On average, Firefighters use nearly 3,000 gallons of water on a house fire. Nothing should be packed away without proper cleaning to eliminate odor and other contaminants. This type of cleaning often needs professional attention, especially when leather, upholstery, rugs and electrical equipment is involved. Be certain to check before discarding items of any real or sentimental value, because today’s contents cleaning technologies can undo even significant smoke, soot and water damage.
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