Tips for Recovering After a House Fire | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
Falling victim to a house fire is never a simple process, and it is important to follow the right steps as you work to recover in order to make the process as smooth as possible. We have helped many local families pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a fire, and we are happy to provide how-tos and compassionate service to help people recover.
In order to make sure that you feel confident in your house fire recovery plan, here are some of our top tips:
Feel Confident in Your House Fire Recovery Plan
Prepare yourself for what to expect. Every house fire and fire fight causes damage in different ways, but it is important to have a general idea of what to expect before you see it firsthand. Damage from fires can be widespread—between smoke and soot traveling through the home and the somewhat destructive process of putting a fire out, it is important to understand that things may look way different than what you are expecting.
Wait to enter your home. Though most of us want to be proactive right after a frightening event, it is important to not rush back into the building after a fire until officials have deemed it safe. Because of the unique ways that fires cause damage, they can actually make buildings unstable. Always listen to official guidance regarding what is safe to do.
Contact your insurance company. The claims process varies depending on your insurance company, but getting in contact with them regarding the situation is generally the first step. From there, they can walk you through how to proceed and what documentation you need to provide to begin your claim process.
Document the damages. Oftentimes, damage documentation is required for insurance purposes, but even if it isn’t, it is a good thing to prioritize. A detailed inventory list and full photographs will help you make sure that you have not overlooked anything and have a record of any items or rooms that have sustained damage as you work to rebuild.
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.