After the Disaster: Fire Damage RepairJul 01, 2015
After the fire is out and the smoke has cleared, it is time for repairs and restoration to begin. Fires vary greatly in the extent of damage they leave behind – large fires may have severely damaged the structure, coated the walls and ceilings in heavy smoke damage, and resulted in water damage from firefighting efforts. Smaller fires, while often less destructive, still leave behind fire damage and smoke damage that need to be addressed.
The actions you take after your property has been damaged by a fire can have a major impact on the outcome of your fire damage repair. Here are some tips you can use to ensure your safety after a fire, and to reduce your total losses after such a disaster.
Practice Safety First
After a fire, we always want to get inside our home to see what items can be recovered, and this is an extremely emotional time for anyone who has suffered a fire. There are several hazards that can be present after a fire including dangerous gasses, vapors and chemical hazards, and you should only enter the home after a fire official has given permission. Always obey local orders, as these are meant to protect you.
Call a Fire Repair Company
When your home is damaged by a fire, don’t delay in calling a fire damage repair company to evaluate the damage and to provide an estimate for restoration. Fire damage repair companies should be available to respond to any emergency, 24 hours a day, any day of the week. Even if the damage from the fire itself is minimal, there is likely smoke damage throughout the home requiring attention.
Inventory and Document Everything
As fire cleanup begins and destroyed items are removed and disposed of, remember to keep an inventory of those items and document the damage with photographs so the information can be submitted to your insurance company. Do your best to stay organized and to keep a level head, as this will ensure the process goes smoothly. Work with the fire damage repair company to identify things that can and cannot be restored following a fire.
Fire Damage Repair
Hudson Valley Contracting & DKI provides emergency fire damage repair services. Our team is available to respond anytime to your fire emergency, and we will work with you and your insurance company to restore your property to it’s pre-loss condition. If you have experienced a fire, contact us today for an estimate.