If your home catches fire, the most important concern is always safety. The fire department can extinguish the fire safely. Unless it is very small and contained, you can easily be injured by flames, heat, smoke, or falling debris. Once the fire department leaves, however, most homeowners don’t know what to do. At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we know that a fire can leave you stressed and overwhelmed. Follow these steps to make sure you get the insurance benefits you deserve and so your home is restored to its pre-event condition as quickly as possible.
Step 1 – Contact Your Insurance Company
The first thing that you should do is get in touch with your insurance company. Each company has different filing deadlines and documentation requirements. Many policies also provide you with funds for emergency replacements for medications, clothing, and other necessities.
Step 2 – Document, Document, Document!
Whether your insurance company issues emergency funds or not, make sure to document everything that happens. Keep every receipt, written estimate, email, and letter. Make sure to get a report from the fire department as soon as it’s available. Keep a record of any phone calls as well, including the date and time, who you talked to, and a summary of the conversation. While hopefully everything will go smoothly during the claims process, it’s always possible that a problem could arise and documentation matters.
Step 3 – Select a Fire Damage Restoration Company
You want to choose a property restoration specialist who has experience in fire damage. Many general contractors are willing to tackle the job, but they might not have the skills and equipment to do it properly. Fire damage can be complicated.
- Dry, wet, and oily soot all need to be cleaned up differently. Improper cleaning can result in further damages.
- Electronics and other items might seem fine on the outside but have damage from heat or smoke on the inside.
- Firefighting efforts often leave large amounts of water behind. Subtle signs of water damage may be overlooked, leading to mold and other issues later.
- Many fire extinguishers leave behind toxic residues. Without experience in fire damage restoration they might not be noticed.
- One common problem after a fire is lingering odors. We use special equipment like commercial air scrubbers to make sure all of the odors are gone.
Step 4 – The Restoration Process
Our experts will start with a detailed inspection of your property to determine the extent of the damage. We then develop an individualized restoration plan to avoid surprises. Materials that can’t be restored are hauled away for disposal. Many of your possessions can be cleaned or repaired on site, while others should be sent to specialists. From structural repairs to decorative touches, our team stays on the job until the last finishing touches are complete.
For over 50 years, LaPointe has been helping home and business owners in the Northeast area with property restoration needs like fire damage, fire damage reconstruction, and board-up services. Our experience allows us to help you navigate the insurance claims process and get your property back to a pre-event condition as efficiently as possible. Give us a call at 978-447-5991 and let us help you. For more information, visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.