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Recovering Your Home or Business After a Fire

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering Your Home or Business After a Fire

How To Recover Your Home After Fire Damage

Fire damage can be a devastating event for families and businesses. Along with any emotional trauma and devastation, there are items that may have suffered water, soot or smoke damage that need to be repaired or replaced. Knowing the next logical steps to take after something so damaging occurs is important, as well as who is able to help you with the fire damage restoration, soot damage repair, and fire cleanup process.

What to Expect in the Aftermath

Many things in your home, as well as the structure, may have been severely altered by flames, heat, smoke damage and water. Items that did not burn up will likely have been ruined by smoke or water. Anything you want to reuse or repair will have to be carefully cleaned of the soot damage, or dried out completely from water. You also may find holes cut in walls that the firefighters made to search for hidden flames. The overall fire cleanup process will take lots of time and patience.

Listen to Appropriate Authorities

The fire department will let you know if it is safe to enter your home or business again, and they will also make sure that the utilities (gas, electric, etc) are safe to use. If they’re not safe to use again, then they will be turned off or disconnected in the meantime. It is important that you do not try to turn them back on yourself.

You may also have to notify the police department to let them know that you won’t be living at the home or operating your business for the time being. Consider boarding up open spaces or accessible windows so that no one can get in for the time being from the outside.

Contact Your Insurance Agent

After the fire in your home or business has been put out, it is important to contact your insurance agency to let them know about the fire. They will provide you with instructions on how to handle the immediate needs of your home. They may ask you to make a list of everything that was damaged by the fire, including smoke damage and soot damage, describe the items in detail and how much you may have paid for them.
Using this information, they can make a determination on how much money to provide you with as a payout, for making repairs to your home or towards acquiring a new home or business.

Your insurance company may provide you with names of businesses that can help you clean and/or restore your personal belongings from smoke damage and soot damage. If you do choose this type of service, it’s important to be clear from the beginning whether you or your insurance company will pay for it. You don’t want to be left with a bill you can’t pay that was for fire damage restoration and fire cleanup. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that even if you do manage to restore some items, they will likely have a permeating smoke smell, which may be unpleasant.

If you do not have home or business insurance, there are several community organizations that may be able to help homes or businesses with fire damage restoration and fire cleanup. These include:

American Red Cross
Salvation Army
Public Health Department
Religious organizations
State or city offices for emergency services


These organizations may also help you with your immediate needs for necessities, such as clothing, eyeglasses, food, medicine, hearing aids or prosthetic devices.

Temporary Relocation

If you plan to stay in temporary housing, or you temporarily relocate your business, you may want to notify customers or other services you rely on, such as delivery drivers or other people that serve your business’s operation, including employees. This way, while the fire damage restoration process is ongoing, you can try to live or operate your business as normally as possible.

Hopefully, this list can help you get started with restoring your home or business as a result of commercial fire damage, or a fire in your home. Visit http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com for more information on fire damage.

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