What To Do After a Fire
After the Fire
If you've been through a fire in your home, you might be wondering what to do next. The good news is that fires are very common and the insurance companies have gotten pretty good at handling them. Here's what you need to know:
Call Your Insurance Company
If you've been in a fire, it's important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. This will get the ball rolling on getting your home back up and running again.
It's also important to get an estimate for fire restoration services, smoke cleaning services, and building repair services if needed.
Document the Damage
If your home has been damaged by fire, you'll need to document the damage before any repairs can begin. That means taking photos of all damaged areas and video of any smoke or fire damage. You should also keep your photos and video in chronological order as they're taken so you can easily reference them later.
Don't forget that if there's a lot of smoke or water damage, you may want to keep some clothes in plastic bags until it's been thoroughly cleaned by professional restoration services.
One last thing: don't touch anything that is damaged until the fire restoration team arrives—you could potentially make matters worse!
Keep Accurate Records
When you are cleaning up after a fire, it is important to keep track of all costs associated with the cleanup and replacement. You may need this information in order to get reimbursed by your insurance company.
Keep receipts for any expenses that you incur during the cleanup process. Record the date, time and amount spent on each receipt (e.g., “10/24/2018 at 12:00 pm for $25”). Make sure you keep a record of how much time you spent on each task. For example: “Cleaned bathroom from 10/24/2018 at 5:00 pm until 10/25/2018 at 4:30 pm = 3 hours 30 minutes.” If there were additional expenses related to your cleaning efforts, make sure that these are also recorded in detail; for example: “Took a taxi from 10/25/2018 at 6:15 pm back home = $50."
The right fire restoration service can take care of a lot of these details for you.
In addition to helping with insurance claims, documentation, cleanup, and replacement services, a professional fire restoration company can also provide you with smoke cleaning and board-up services. If you’re looking for commercial building fire damage repair or restoration in any part of the country, a professional fire restoration company is likely to be well-equipped to handle your needs.
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