After the fire is out and the smoke has cleared, the fire department is gone, and you are left with a disaster on your hands. […]
Just imagine, if the wind had been blowing in a different direction, the Horse Fire may have had a far more serious impact in our Quad Cities area. Do you know what to do if your property is damaged or destroyed? Even if your home or business isn’t in the path of the actual fire, collateral damage and residual effects from smoke and ash can be significant and long lasting. Knowing that wildfire is always a threat in the Prescott area, we all need to be aware of what to do and how to respond. We are PuroClean, offering services for fire damage restoration in Prescott.
After the smoke clears and the soot settles in your home, you’re left with some critical questions. To help you overcome the devastation of a fire, here are the answers to some common questions about fire damage restoration:
Call your insurance agent and submit your claim. He or she will provide you with information on securing your home, hiring a reliable restoration company, and more.
Most restoration companies also provide board-up services to prevent possible theft. A proper board-up should include using 3/8″ plywood with 2x4s bolted from inside the dwelling over windows. The front door should have a secure lock.
Legally, only a licensed inspector like a structural engineer or industrial hygienist can determine the safety of a building. Besides, the risk of checking the fire damage yourself is too great. Call a professional.
In most losses, cleaning the soot and smoke is the toughest part. Moreover, even small fires can cause major damage within minutes and leave lingering odors if not cleaned up properly. If you don’t act within a day or two of the fire, soot and smoke can leave permanent damage. Professionals have the tools and know-how to restore your home as fast as possible and mitigate the loss.
Water can lead to more damage such as mold growth. Reputable restoration companies also extract the water from the damaged area as part of the fire restoration job.
This depends on the degree of the damage, your home’s layout, and your comfort level. As an alternate plan, talk with your insurance agent about off-site housing and staying at a hotel – these might be covered by your policy.
The length of time varies on the extent of the damage. Additionally, local authorities and your insurance agent will also want to investigate the damage before the restoration company can start the clean-up.
So, are you not sure how to handle your claim with your insurance agent after a fire? See What Questions Should I Ask the Insurance Agent After a Home Fire? For professional smoke remediation or fire damage repair, contact your local PuroClean office at 928-499-3800.
Known as the “Paramedics of Property Damage®,” PuroClean provides fire and smoke damage remediation, water damage remediation, flood water removal, mold removal, and biohazard cleanup to commercial and residential customers. PuroClean technicians are thoroughly screened, insured, and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures, while operating under a strict code of ethics. Visit us on the web at https://www.puroclean.com/prescott-az-puroclean-disaster-response/.