4 Things to Consider Before Fire Damage Cleanup
Fires cause an immense amount of damage to commercial and residential properties. Fortunately, fire damage cleanup allows property owners to get their properties back into excellent condition.
Reviewing information about fire restoration helps property owners feel more confident about the process. Find out what to expect, and the steps before cleanup crews arrive with the experts at SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison.
#1: Find the Right Property Restoration Company
Most property owners decide not to handle fire damage restoration on their own. The cleanup process requires specialized equipment and training to handle correctly. Therefore, experts recommend that homeowners work with a professional damage restoration company.
A reputable team can take care of:
- Smoke, ash, and soot removal
- Repairs for structural and aesthetic damages
- Water damage restoration
While it may seem counterintuitive to look for help with water damage after a fire, the reality is that fires often result in damage from sprinkler systems and water hoses. Selecting a company with water restoration experience makes the cleanup process less complicated.
#2: Contact the Insurance Company
Before anyone begins commercial cleaning following a fire, the experts recommend reaching out to the insurance company. First, insurance agents need to know about any property damage, including smoke or fire damage. Then, once the company knows about the damage, they provide information about compensation and reimbursement for repair costs.
To get complete coverage for any losses, property owners generally need to prove the damage caused by the fire. For example, the company may ask for property pictures before repairs begin and an itemized list of property damaged by the flames.
#3: Look for Alternative Housing
Generally, homeowners cannot stay in their homes after a fire. Fire and smoke cause extensive damage and negatively impact the home’s indoor air quality. In addition, staying inside exposes individuals to dangerous chemicals and contaminants that lead to short-term symptoms.
Long-term exposure to the chemicals can result in more severe conditions, mainly if the damaged property contains asbestos. Therefore, most property owners need to find a new place until the cleanup process ends.
#4: Secure the Property After Any Form of Damage
Part of fire and storm damage restoration involves securing a property to ensure that it does not sustain further damage. Often, this requires a company to perform boarding-up services—technicians hammer boards over missing doors and windows or cover damaged roof portions with a tarp.
Board-up service helps prevent the elements from causing additional damage to a property before fire damage cleanup can begin. It also keeps other people from entering the property.
Property owners can get around-the-clock emergency help with fire restoration by reaching out to the team at SERVPRO in Coppell, TX. Crews have years of experience and training, allowing them to help with the removal of smoke, ash, soot, and more. They have the equipment to take care of even the toughest cleanup jobs.
Contact Team Shaw of SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison at (972) 233-8400 for help with fire damage cleanup.