What to Do When Restoring Your Fire-damaged Home
Fire Damage Tips from SERVPRO of Montgomery
Homeowners who have experienced the ravages of a fire know the amount of damage it can cause to a property. While the initial damage can be severe, the aftermath of the fire can lead to potential additional losses. The professionals with SERVPRO of Montgomery would like to offer tips on what homeowners should do about fire damage immediately after a house fire.
Unless your fire department officials say it is fine, it is usually not best to go back into your fire damaged home. You may be unaware of badly damaged floors, walls or ceilings that could suddenly collapse. Because firefighters often turn off all the utilities after a house fire, it's best not to turn anything back on unless they tell you it is fine. If you experience severe Wynlakes fire damage to your home, you should board up all your windows and doors against intruders and inform your local police department of your absence.
Contact Your Insurance Company
After a fire has damaged your home, it’s important that you immediately contact your insurance company to report your fire damage losses. They will give you detailed instructions on what to do to protect your property, including submitting a proof of loss claim and contacting a reputable Wynlakes fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Montgomery. If you don’t have homeowner’s insurance, charitable organizations, like the American Red Cross, may be able to assist you.
In your insurance claim, you’ll need to take a thorough inventory of all the damaged items in your home and list the value. This will help expedite the claims process. However, only enter your home if your local fire department officials tell you it is safe to do so.
Take pictures or a video recording of the inside of your home, including debris and damaged walls, floors, ceilings, and furnishings. Take pictures of all your damaged items, including anything you plan to throw away later, and keep everything in a notebook. Moreover, you should include information such as when you purchased the damaged items, the brand name, model and serial numbers, a description of the items and where you purchased them. Insurance adjusters commonly appear on the scene within 24 to 48 hours after your call, so it’s vital to have everything ready as soon as you can. Also, keep track of all your living expenses while you’re away from home and any other expenses related to the fire because your insurance company is likely to reimburse you for these costs, too. This is also a good time to gather all your important documents and records and store them safely to avoid further damage.
We’ll do everything we can to restore your home back to its pre-fire condition. From our state-of-the-art water extraction process to cleaning and sanitizing your home from top to bottom, our specialists are always ready to serve you 24/7, day or night. Besides Montgomery, we also serve the surrounding areas including Mcgehee-Allendale, Pike Road City, Hope Hull, Eastchase, and Mt. Miegs. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery at (334) 284-1612 for service you can depend on when you need it the most.