What is required of you after your property has been damaged by a fire disaster? What should be the first step to take? Most people do not know where to start as the experience is sickening and frightening. We have compiled several mandatory steps one should take should such an incident happen. These are:
This should be done soon after a professional has confirmed that it is indeed safe to get into the premise. The first step should be boarding up any burned up doors and windows to prevent unauthorized entry. The house will also need to be protected against weather elements such as wind, direct sunlight and rain. Some roof repair may be needed to protect the house.
This should be done while, or after you have secured the house. Having the insurance provider notified helps file for compensation claims, as well as have their investigators come to assess damage. The fire response department can help you while filing for compensation. If you do not have any insurance policy for the house, you can as well seek advice and help from organizations’ such as the Red Cross and Religious organizations’ among others.
Once through with the insurance company, have a professional examine and record the level of damage. The insurance company may offer to cover for the repairs and remediation, but this will greatly depend with the policy cover. It is after the damage has been assessed and determined that you can decide the next best option.
With damage already recorded and determined, your final step should be to find a remediation company to handle the damage. It is however advisable to look for a certified remediation company to restore the house back to normalcy. Damages from fire disasters tend to get worse if not handled in good time. It would therefore important to make sure the insurance/remediation company you have hired to implement these repairs properly, and within the shortest time possible.
The recovery process after a fire disaster is always the hardest for most people. This is because water and mold damages need to be controlled, and most of the destroyed items need to be replaced. This is the reason why an inventory of items in your house, especially a business, should be kept for compensation purposes in case a similar event happens. Learn more about our fire damage process.