After a Fire: What to Do Now?

Most people have no idea what to do after their home catches fire. One of the first things that new clients ask us when they make their first call to LaPointe Construction Board Up Service is “What do I do now?” While every incident is unique, the process is usually consistent. We are here to walk you through it and make it a little bit easier.

The first thing to do after emergency fire personnel do is to contact your insurance agency. They have a lof ot resources available to you, so take advantage of them. They might provide you with assistance in finding emergency shelter or supplies, replace key belongings like clothing and medications, or give you a list of contractors in the area that can help with the property restoration process.

Your next step is to call us here at LaPointe Construction Board Up Service. We have been in business here in Southern Massachusetts and Eastern New Hampshire. With our third generation of LaPointes currently at the helm, we are truly a family business that is committed to our community. Our crew is experienced in fire damage restoration as well as other aspects of construction, so you can be sure that your home or business will be back to pre-fire condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Or highly trained experts will inspect your property to determine the types and extent of damage. After a fire, there is often plenty of soot and water damage in addition to the burned materials. There may also be chemicals from certain types of extinguishers.

Working with you and your insurance company, we will work to clean and restore your home or business. On the initial visit we will secure your property.

  • Tarps to cover damaged roofs
  • Board up windows and doors
  • Temporary fencing to stop intruders

We will then start the complex restoration process. This usually starts with removing any water left over from firefighting efforts or damaged plumbing. The equipment used can range from pumps and vacuums to dehumidifiers and fans.

The next stage is to clean and remove damaged materials. Drywall, carpeting, and some other materials are usually disposed of, although it is possible after a small fire that they can be saved. The air ducts and ventilation systems are inspected and cleaned to prevent lingering smells.

While many clients are concerned about the appearance of the home, our primary concern is always to make sure that it is safe and structurally sound. There is often hidden damage where materials have been softened by heat or water, even if they appear to be untouched. Our team has the expertise to see subtle signs of damage and prevent future problems caused by unnoticed damage.

If you experience a fire, call LaPointe Construction Board Up Service at 978-447-5991. We are always standing by to help you anytime you call. You can also find follow our company on Facebook at