Lessen the Stress of the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
House fires can cause complications in several ways. Not only is it a difficult experience to go through, but homeowners left to pick up the pieces can often feel traumatized and overwhelmed as they work to rebuild their lives.
We have helped many families through this complicated process, and by providing our tips for recovering after a house fire, we hope we can help you, too.
<h3for-recovering-after-a-house-fire">Tips for Recovering After a House Fire
Prepare yourself for what to expect. The first time you go back into your home after a house fire can be shocking, so it is important to prepare yourself for what to expect. While the fire itself can cause widespread damages due to smoke and soot, the firefighting efforts can lead to water damage, broken glass and even holes cut in the roof to let the smoke escape. Understand that all of these things are a possibility so it does not come as a shock when you see it.
Wait to enter your home. While it may be frustrating to feel like you are sitting idly by after the flames have been extinguished, it is important that you let firefighters stabilize your home and deem it safe to reenter before you try to go back in. Fires can damage supporting walls, ceiling beams and floors, leading to a compromised structural integrity that could be quite dangerous.
Contact your insurance company. Every insurance provider will have its own process for claims following a fire, so you should be sure you know what to do. Contacting them as quickly as you can is generally the first step as you work to build a claim and receive compensation for your damaged belongings.
Document the damages. Many insurance companies will ask for photos and a list of the damaged items, but even if yours does not, it is a helpful tool to have as you work to rebuild. Organize your list by room and take note of and photograph everything that has either been charred or covered in soot. Then you will have a list to work with regarding what you need to replace should it not be able to be restored.
Contact your restoration company. Handling the emotional aftershocks of experiencing a house fire can be especially difficult as you work through the aftermath. That is why working with a reputable restoration company is highly recommended, as it will take much of the burden off of your shoulders.
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.