From filing a claim with your homeowner's insurance company to restoring the precious items in your home damaged by fire/smoke, fire damage needs to be taken care of immediately to avoid delays in recovery after the fire. The immediate aftermath can seem quite overwhelming, but try to stay calm and figure things out quickly.
Restoring Fire Damage
Contact a fire restoration company in your area as quickly as you can to get the most promising estimate from professional experts in this field of work. You also want to immediately call your homeowner's insurance company and let them know what happened so you can start the process of filing a claim. You do not want to wait on this. The fire restoration professionals that come to clean up the damage and mess left after a house fire should be licensed and insured. You want to avoid further liability and damage. Be prepared to go through a detailed checklist with the fire restoration company to ensure the most thorough cleanup.
Starting Cleanup After the Fire
You want to be sure to wear respiratory protective gear (smoke mask), gloves and whatever kind of protective clothing you can to avoid contact with the smoke damaged property. Smoke and soot can be deadly or dangerous and have long-lasting impacts on both people and property. To minimize further damage, you can begin by scrubbing down all of the items within your home with soap and water, inside and out. Also be sure there is plenty of ventilation in all areas of the home. Also, start doing the laundry immediately. Wash all linen and clothing in the home right away. Also look at ceilings, floors, and walls for damage areas as well as HVAC systems and ductwork.