Many things can spark a fire in your Coral Gables, Florida home or business. Whatever the cause, a fire changes your life and shakes your sense of security. The following steps will help you emerge from the chaos of a fire and put you on the path to recovery.
Contact Your Insurance Agent
The first step after this even, is notifying your insurance company. Your insurance agent will help you start the claims filing process and advise you on other resources the company might provide, such as temporary housing. Your agent can also guide you in creating an inventory of items lost or damaged.
Contact a Qualified Restoration Contractor
Your second call should be to a skilled restoration contractor. Water used to fight the fire can quickly damage furniture, documents, and artwork. In addition to damaging carpeting and clothing, soot and smoke can infiltrate your HVAC system and create unhealthy air. Quick notification means a better chance of minimizing losses and neutralizing the effects of the damage.
Evaluate Structural Damage from Fire
Before you start repairs, you must assess the damage to your home or business. To control the fire, firefighters might have cut holes in your roof, walls, or windows. The fire might weaken joists and load-bearing walls. Working together, your insurance agent and restoration contractor can identify and prioritize safety issues.
Begin Restoration from Fire
Restoration begins with securing the structure from further damage from vandalism, theft, or weather. Security might entail tarping and sealing the structure and boarding up windows. Next comes water removal and mitigation and odor, soot, and smoke removal. The restoration phase includes removing debris and items too badly damaged to salvage.
The confusion stemming from a this life even makes it difficult to know what to do next. For more information about how ServiceMaster by Enterprise can help you recover peace of mind after a fire, check out our damage mitigation services or call us at (305) 590-5682.