After a fire, most home and business owners don’t know what to do. Taking the right actions can mean that most of your belongings are restored, your insurance pays for your losses and expenses, and you face little or no long-term financial problems. If you make the wrong choices, however, you may not get all of the insurance benefits that you are entitled to and may further damage your possessions. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, we want to make sure all of our friends and neighbors know what to do after a fire.
The first thing to do once the fire is extinguished is to contact your insurance company. They can tell you about deadlines and filing requirements. Depending on your policy and the extent of fire damage, they might provide emergency funds for urgent needs and an alternate place to stay. If you do spend any money out-of-pocket, make sure to keep all receipts and documentation. They will be critical when it comes time to figure out deductibles, expenses, and reimbursements.
To restore the structure of your home, you should always call in a qualified property restoration specialist. It is important to select someone with experience in fire damage restoration. When there is a fire, there is often other damage that comes along with it. Extinguishers can leave chemical residues and water from fire hoses can result in water damage and even mold. Smoke and soot can also be hard to clean properly.
An experienced professional can make sure that all traces of damage are removed and spot subtle signs of hidden damage that most people would miss. However, if the fire is small, you may be able to handle much of the clean up yourself.
- Household appliances and furniture can often be repaired or restored. Many appliances can simply be wiped down with household cleaners. If the inside has been exposed to extreme heat or water you may need a professional repair service. Furniture finishes may be damaged by water or heat but can often be cleaned and restored.
- Drapes, linens, and clothing can often be cleaned normally. It is a good idea to take them to a cleaner with experience in handling smoke damage.
- Personal tools – can usually be cleaned. Those with electronic components are often damaged by water and extreme heat.
- Cookware, dinnerware, and utensils can usually be cleaned normally. Even if they look clean it’s a good idea to wash them thoroughly. Some extinguishers can leave an invisible toxic residue.
- Computers, television sets, and other types of electronic equipment often need to be replaced after exposure to heat, fire, and water. In some cases the data can be recovered.
- Fine art and collectables may be cleaned, but usually need a professional restorer.
- Jewelry, watches, and other valuables should be taken to a jeweler for cleaning.
If you experience a fire at your home or business, you may not know what to do. At LaPointe Construction Board Up Service, we have been helping local property owners for over 50 years. When you call 978-447-5991 we will help walk you through your insurance claim and get your fire damage restoration project done as soon as possible. Give us a call today!