A house fire is easily the greatest fear any homeowner could possibly have when it comes to their home. Whether the cause of the fire is electrical, gas, dryer vent, or plain ignorance, it consumes the thoughts and fears of every homeowner in America. However, planning on what to do in the event of a fire is only one part of the process. The next step is what to do after the fire has taken place.
If the damage is severe, the area should be quarantined off, either by a disaster recovery specialist or by the fire department. Windows that are broken out must be boarded up. All items – particularly foods – that were directly affected by the fire, smoke, soot or water must be discarded right away. Anything that was lost in the fire will need to be reported to the insurance company.
But, perhaps most importantly, calmer heads need to prevail in times like these. Only through calmly and carefully going through the process can the road to recovery be filled with hope as opposed to despair.
First, let’s take into consideration the fire itself. There are different types of damage that can happen as a results of a fire. The heat from the fire would be enough to do the damage needed to wipe out the entire contents of your home.
However, it is not the only aspect to worry about. There is also the smoke from the fire. Smoke inhalation is very dangerous during a house fire and should be avoided at all costs. Take the proper procedures during the fire drill to avoid smoke inhalation. Smoke can also cause major damage to your HVAC unit, your clothes and your valuables.
Soot and ash from the fire is also very dangerous. Anything affected by soot or ash should be evaluated to determine if they can be salvaged and cleaned.
Finally, there is the water. Yes, water damage remediation comes into play, even following a house fire. The water used to put out the fire can not only be your best friend, but in times like these, can also prove to be your worst enemy. It is important that the standing water be removed and affected areas dried to prevent mold damage.
It is helpful to learn about fire damage, but don’t try to figure everything out on your own. Consult a fire damage restoration contractor even before you get your insurance company involved.