Steps to Take After a Fire Destroys Your Home
Saying a home suffered from water damage after a fire sounds crazy; however, think of the amount of water firefighters use to put out a fire. Sadly, in addition to having to deal with fire damage, homeowners must also contend with damage caused by the fire hose. If you've experienced a house fire and are not sure where to begin your remediation efforts, consider the following tips from your Memphis, Tennessee, SERVPRO of East Memphis fire restoration specialist.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Immediately after a fire has destroyed your home, reach out to your insurance provider to see what, if any, of the damage the company will cover. If your policy does cover fire damage, an agent can help you fill out forms and file your claim to speed up the time it takes to recover the compensation you need for the restoration.
Call a Fire Restoration Team
While it may be tempting to try to clean up and repair your home yourself, doing so can be extremely dangerous. Fire damage, combined with water damage, has likely made your home's structure weak. Additionally, you never know what objects may still be smoldering, and if you attempt to move objects, you risk getting second-or third-degree burns.
Clean Up Debris
Once hired, a fire restoration team will begin the slow but steady cleanup process. They will first remove all debris and items that's not salvageable, and then move whatever items are salvageable to a safe area outside of the home to dry. Water extraction tools can be used to remove water from the carpet, floorboards, and walls, and any damaged materials—doors, floorboards, window casings, etc.—will be removed.
Restore Your Home
When the home is clean and dry, your fire restoration team can get to work restoring your home to pre-fire conditions. Though doing so may take time and considerable effort; however, with SERVPRO of East Memphis, it won't be long before you're back in your home. Water and fire damage often go hand in hand.
If your Memphis, Tennessee, property experienced fire damage turn to your local disaster remediation team for help today! For additional information, contact SERVPRO of East Memphis at (901) 754-9061.