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What To Do After A Fire In Your Home

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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What To Do After A Fire

In the midst of the chaos of a fire, it helps to know that someone is here to help.  Here are a few tips on what to do immediately after a fire, and how a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston can help. 

Most Important:  Your health comes first! 

Having a house fire can be disconcerting at best!  Often causing feelings of fear, confusion, and stress. The most important part of the recovery process is to work with first responders and medical professionals to ensure everyone… including your pets!... receive any needed medical care.  Smoke inhalation, burns, and even feelings of panic or anxiety are all potential symptoms of a fire.  The EPA's website has extensive information about potential health effects when you have experienced a smoke or fire disaster.

Now.  On to what to do in the aftermath of a fire in your home. 

Contact A Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company

Fire damage restoration experts will perform mitigation work and ensure that it is safe for you to be on your property. There are many risks that can develop after a house fire and our technicians at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston are trained to assess and create a restoration plan that takes into account your safety, personal belongings, insurance claim, and peace of mind.    

Secure Your Home

Any windows, doors, or areas of the roof that were damaged by the fire itself or during the process of the fire department extinguishing the fire should be boarded up and secured as soon as the fire chief says it is safe to do so.  If you do not know a contractor who can take care of this for you, our construction team is ready and available.

Get A Fire Report

As they fire department conducts their assessment after a fire, they generate a report that is important throughout the recovery process.  It has valuable information on the cause of the fire, as well as the “all clear” from the fire chief that it is safe to move forward with getting your life put back together. 

Contact Your Insurance Company

Fire damage and smoke clean-up can be expensive, so it is best to know exactly what your options are early in the process.  Confirming your coverage and deductible amounts, along with what the claim representative will need from you in order to expedite payment and repairs, reduces stress in the chaos of the first few days of clean up.

Take Inventory

List everything that you lost as a result of the fire for your insurance company. Pictures and videos are extremely helpful as well.  When our restoration teams arrives onsite, they will be listing as much as they can see was damaged. But only you truly know exactly what was in rooms with extensive damage.  We will also be determining what items can and cannot be cleaned and listing those that cannot for insurance reimbursement as well. 

How Professional Restoration Services Can Help You With Your Home's Recovery Process

Why is a professional service needed?  Here are a few reasons.

Emergency Removal and Storage of Belongings

Professional restoration experts will begin work immediately and help you to safely remove your belongings including your personal items from your property. They will then move your belongings to their facility for storage purposes where they will be safe until you have repaired the structural damage of your property.  No renting trucks, storage units, or mobile pods.  All of those issues already have a solution. 

Emergency Boarding Up and Tarping

Fire restoration companies will send their professionals to tarp and board up any areas in your property that were damaged and exposed as a result of a fire. On staff technicians and partnerships with contractors are already in place.  Lessing the time it takes to secure your home.

Communicating With Your Insurance Companies

SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston has worked with just about every insurance company in the US.  We understand the fire damage claims process very well and we will do all we can to ensure your claim is as stress free as possible. Our goal is to work with your insurance adjuster to help you receive payments quickly and accurately.

Clean Your Home

House fire and smoke damages can sometimes be very extensive and it can leave dangerous contaminates behind.  Especially when water is used to extinguish the fire.  Our trained technicians are certified in IICRC cleaning standards and take great pride in taking care of your home and family by meeting or exceeding those standards at all times.   

Why Choose SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston

When you encounter a fire damage disaster, time is everything. SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston, is available 24/7 and have managers and teams on call at all times to ensure a rapid response time.  

We are a locally owned company and we've served the residents of the Greater Northern Charleston as good neighbors with quality services at affordable rates. We will be involved from start to finish during your home or property fire damage restoration process.

Contact us and let us help you restore fire damage in your home or property in the most efficient way possible with our experienced and friendly professionals.  

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