If you’ve ever had to clean up after a fire, you know it’s no easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the physical mess, but you also have to emotionally recover from the event. The good news is that there are some things you can do to make the process easier and more effective. Here are some tips for after fire clean up.
Call your insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims process:
After a fire, it’s essential to begin the claims process as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to contact your insurance company right away. They will be able to provide guidance and information on the steps you should take next in the process. It’s a good idea to take notes or record conversations during this process, as well have photos ready of your property before the fire for evidence. You don’t want anything holding up your claim so make sure everything is prepared for when speaking with your insurer.
Contact a professional fire damage restoration company to begin the cleanup process:
After a fire, contacting a professional fire damage restoration company should be the first step. The company has experience and expertise in restoring property after fires and will work quickly to reduce the impact of the damage caused. This includes cleaning up smoke and water damage, removing damaged materials, deodorizing surfaces, and repairing areas of the home or business damaged by fire.
Remove any undamaged items from your home to prevent further damage:
It is important to remove any undamaged items from your home after fire clean up in order to prevent further damage. Removing items such as furniture, rugs, and décor can help protect them from smoke and soot that might have been left behind by the fire. Taking these items out of the home makes it easier for the crew to access areas that need attention and also expedites the process of restoring your home. Furthermore, if you have insurance, removing undamaged items immediately may lessen your claims deduction.
Throw away any food that has been contaminated by smoke or water:
After fire clean up, it is essential to carefully evaluate any food that may have been contaminated by smoke or water. Any items that show signs of contamination should be disposed of immediately, as eating them can be hazardous to your health. It is important to note that even if an item appears undamaged, it could still contain mold or other contaminants due to the fire and subsequent water damage. Safety is the top priority when assessing food items affected by a fire, so if there is any doubt at all it is best to throw away the item.
Clean all surfaces with soot remover and disinfectant:
After a fire incident, it is vital to clean all the surfaces thoroughly with a soot remover and disinfectant. Make sure to use the appropriate products for the surfaces, as cleaning with harsh chemicals could cause further damage. Allow plenty of time to complete this task – even if you get overwhelmed and want to leave quickly, don’t skip any corners when cleaning and sanitizing!
Dry out your home by opening windows and using fans or dehumidifiers:
After a fire, it is important to ensure that your home is properly dried out. To help with this process, try opening windows throughout the house and using fans if possible. A dehumidifier may be necessary to remove excess humidity from the air and help to speed up the drying process. Monitor the moisture level of your property frequently in order to keep everything safe and give yourself peace of mind.
Taking these steps after a fire will help minimize the damage to your home and belongings and make the restoration process go more smoothly. It’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage and begin the healing process. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
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