Utah Fire Damage Cleanup
It is the greatest fear any homeowner will ever have, but is also an inescapable possibility. In the blink of an eye, everything a person owns can be engulfed in flames. A clogged dryer vent, a gas line, electrical fire; all of which have the ability to destroy everything inside a home.
Yes, a house fire is a devastating thought, to be sure. However, it is something every family must prepare for in the event it were to ever happen.
First step in the process is to know your escape routes. Always know where the nearest windows and exits are and know where the planned meeting spot is for everybody after they’ve safely escaped.
The next step is making sure all important valuables (social security cards, birth certificates, important documents and records for the insurance company) are all secured in a fireproof safe or off site locker. This will help to make sure that the most important valuables are covered.
Also make sure everybody knows where the fire extinguishers are in the house. Knowing this vital information can help contain the fire and even salvage some important valuables in the home.
Lastly, you need to know what to do in the event of fire damage after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has settled.
If the fire damage is severe, the area should be quarantined off, either by a disaster recovery specialist or by the fire department. The fire damage cleanup process can then begin. Windows that are broken out must be boarded up. All items– particularly foods– that were directly affected by the fire, soot, smoke or water must be discarded right away. Anything that was lost in the fire will need to be reported to the insurance company.
Perhaps most importantly, calmer heads need to prevail in times like these. Only through calmly and carefully going through the fire damage cleanup process can the road to recovery be filled with hope as opposed to despair.
Take the fire itself into consideration. For starters, there are different types of fire damage that can happen as a result of the fire. The heat from the fire itself would be enough to do widespread damage throughout the entire house. Fire damage cleanup has many steps that need to be taken.
Next take into consideration smoke damage. Smoke inhalation is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Take the proper procedures during the fire to avoid smoke inhalation. Smoke can also damage your HVAC unit, your carpets, your clothes and your valuables.
Soot and ash from the fire is also very dangerous. If they can be salvaged and cleaned, anything affected by soot or ash should be evaluated to determine.
There will be water. The fire damage cleanup process typically involves water damage remediation. Yes, water damage remediation comes into play, even following a house fire. The water used to put out the fire can not only be your best friend, but in times like these, can also prove to be your worst enemy. It is important that the standing water be removed and affected areas dried to prevent mold damage.
It is helpful to learn about the fire damage cleanup process, but don’t try to figure everything out on your own. Consult a fire damage cleanup specialist even before you get your insurance company involved.