Experiencing a fire can be devastating, but after the fire is out, the real work begins. When a fire strikes, there is nothing safe in your home. Your furniture, electronics, and family heirlooms can all be destroyed by the fire or the water used to put the fire out. Although no one wants to go through this, it’s important that you know the next steps you should take to get your family back into your home.
Understanding Water Damage
After a fire, waiting is not an option. The water your home was exposed to in the process of putting out the flames is damaging. In fact, within a few hours of being exposed to water, recoverable components of your home begin to deteriorate. For instance, the drywall in your home begins to soak up the water, and if it’s not allowed to dry out, mold can start to form. Additionally, the standing water and the warm temperature of the smoldering fire is the perfect place for mold and bacteria to thrive.
What You Should Do About Water Damage
At A & A Property Restoration, we specialize in helping you restore your home to its original glory, especially in instances of water damage. In fact, we recommend you take the following steps to ensure you can move back in your home as soon as possible.
1. Make sure your family is okay.
Of course, you and your family are in a safe place, but it is essential to ensure that you have a place to stay for the duration of the restoration. By hiring us for the job, we can give you realistic expectations about how long it will take to restore your home, allowing you to find shelter for your family.
2. Hire a professional to conduct the restoration.
After a fire, it’s possible that your home is considered a safety hazard. As a result, you should enter your home. You should hire a licensed professional who is capable of recognizing dangerous situations and restoring your home at the same time.
3. Contact your utilities.
It’s important that all of your utilities are properly shut off so that you don’t run the risk of having another fire, in the case of your electricity. Beyond potential safety hazards, you don’t want to be financially responsible for services you are not using.
4). Make sure you locate valuable documents.
Once you contact your insurance company, you may need to know important information contained in some of your document, such as your account numbers, you should attempt to locate these documents as soon as possible.
If you’ve experienced a fire, or you simply want to take the right precautions in case you experience a fire, give us a call. We have years of experience restoring homes that have water damage following a fire. We can also give you advice to protect your family in case you experience water damage.