After you’ve been a victim of a fire, you’ll find out that most of the actual damage is really caused by the water, smoke and fire odor that have seeped into everything in your home, even the part of your home and belongings in rooms far away from the actual fire. While your first thoughts may be about doing the work yourself, you’ll soon realize that a whole team of people is necessary, and they need to get started immediately to prevent further damage.
Talk To Your Insurance Agent For Some Recommendations
The fire, water, and smoke damage will almost always be covered by your homeowners insurance company, as this is a normal coverage in nearly all policies. Since it isn’t something that happens on a regular basis, you most likely won’t have a fire damage restoration company on your speed dial either. Your insurance agent will have contacts that they work closely with, trust to do a good job, and can write checks to without delay.
The First Priority Will Be To Eliminate The Water
After the firefighters have left, there will be plenty of smokey, sooty water soaking into every part of your floors and walls. This water contains strong odors that will infest your home with that same smell for years to come if it’s allowed to saturate your floors. A fire restoration company will have large pumps that can eliminate the water in just a short time. Then, they’ll have a team of people ready with commercial water vacuums to continue to extract as much of this contaminated water as possible. Every last drop that can be taken out of the home, rather than soak in, should be done.
Most Of The Carpeting Will Need To Be Removed
In most cases the carpeting and pad in the rooms that were water soaked will need to be removed and taken to the landfill, the fire damage crew will know exactly what can be saved and what can’t. The floor underneath the carpet needs to be vacuumed and dried out quickly so as not to ruin the subfloor, which may be made of pressboard, and not waterproof. Personal items will need to be toweled off, and many will have a strong smokey odor, it may be permanent, but ask the professionals, they’ll know.
Recovering from a fire can be very traumatic, but they happen, and people do move on. It’s important to take quick action at first, call your insurance agent, call a fire damage restoration company, and then let the professionals do their jobs.