Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton
Experiencing an event as devastating as a house fire is something that takes time to recover from, both emotionally and physically. Even small, quickly extinguished fires can cause damage throughout a home that must be dealt with to keep your family safe.
While recovering quickly is important, recovering safely is the most important thing—that is why we have put together some helpful guidelines for house fire recovery with safety in mind.
Helpful Guidelines for House Fire Recovery
Prepare yourself for what to expect. While some fires may cause charring, odor and not much else in the way of damage, others may require firefighters to take extreme actions to battle the flames. It can be difficult to determine from the outside how extensive the fire damage is, so be sure you are mentally prepared to see the damages firsthand.
Wait to enter your home. Fires can cause quite a bit of hidden structural damage throughout the home, which is why you should never enter a fire-damaged building until it is deemed safe. The risk of injury and further harm is too high, so always consult with your local officials and wait for their approval before you head inside.
Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy provides different coverages and processes as part of your agreement, so it is important to check with them early on to get details on how to file your claim. They will be able to give you personalized advice on how to proceed and maximize your claim in accordance with your specific policy.
Document the damages. Though dealing with the details regarding damaged belongings is unpleasant, documenting everything thoroughly will be helpful to you and to your insurance company as you file a claim. Make an inventory list of everything that has been impacted by the fire and be sure to take plenty of photos as well.
Contact your restoration company. Being able to count on your restoration company in a stressful time can make the entire process more pleasant. The stress of experiencing a house fire is serious, but having a team you can trust to help you pick up the pieces is a fantastic way to feel better about the whole scenario.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.