Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Reno Southwest
The moment a house fire begins is a frightening thing, and it is important that you work with your household to put an action and evacuation plan in place so everyone can react in a calm, safe manner.
Once you do this, the next step is planning for the aftermath of a house fire—re-entering your home, working with your insurance and having your home restored are all important components that will help you recover as efficiently as possible.
Planning for the Aftermath of a House Fire
Prepare yourself for what to expect. Though you will never be able to be certain of what state your home will be in before you re-enter, preparing yourself for what to expect is important to reduce the overall shock. Fires can cause widespread damage due to the ease with which smoke and soot travel, so there may be unexpected areas that will still be in need of restoration.
Wait to enter your home. While it is a common reaction to want to get started toward recovery as quickly as possible, you should plan to wait and work with emergency officials before re-entering the home. Fires can compromise the structure of a building, making it extremely hazardous to enter if officials have not yet deemed it safe.
Contact your insurance company. Filing a fire damage claim will vary based on your policy provider, so getting in touch with them early on is a great way to make sure you are taking the right steps to get the most out of your claim.
Document the damages. It may feel tedious to document every piece of the home that has been damaged, but it will come in handy for you and for your insurance claims process as well. Keep a detailed list organized by room and take many accompanying photos to be certain nothing slips through the cracks.
Contact your restoration company. Experiencing a house fire is a traumatic life event for your family. Having your home restored by a company you can trust can make the healing process much easier, however. When you can count on the company you are working with, you can worry much less throughout the process and trust that your home is in good hands.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.