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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What To Do After a Fire

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Walls and door of a room covered with smoke A fire can be devastating.

How to Respond to a Fire

A fire can be the scariest thing you’ve ever experienced. Fires cause so much damage that it can be difficult to know where to start with the cleanup. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We have some tips on what to do after a fire.

Call Your Insurance Company

After you’ve dealt with the immediate damage and cleaned up your home, it’s time to call your insurance company.

The first thing you should do when filing a claim is figure out if your policy covers fire damages. If you have renter's or homeowner's insurance, there may be special clauses that apply when filing claims for damages from fire. Your agent will be able to guide you through this process and explain any differences in coverage between renters and homeowners or what types of claims need to be filed by whom.

Once it's been determined that the policy covers fires, begin documenting everything that needs repaired or replaced so that both parties—you and your insurer—are on the same page about how much money is needed for repairs after a fire has occurred. The documents will include photos of what was damaged as well as receipts for any items purchased while replacing damaged goods such as appliances or furniture (this can also be done online).

You need to get a claim started right away. The sooner you file a claim, the faster you can start putting your life back together. 

A fire can be devastating, but it's important to know that you don't have much time to file a claim. If you wait too long, your insurance company could deny your claim and refuse to pay for any damages or medical expenses related to the fire.

It's also important that you get in touch with an insurance agent as soon as possible after a fire occurs. After all, they're trained professionals who will be able to help guide you through what steps need taken next. 

  • Your first step should be making sure everyone is okay and safe. Then call the police or fire department right away so they can collect evidence about how the fire started (and if it was intentionally set). Next contact friends and family members who may want help cleaning up their home afterwards - some people might offer free labor while others may donate food/clothing (or even money) if they're able -- but only accept if it feels right! Finally make sure everyone knows where they're going so there won't be any problems later on down road when trying figure out where exactly their belongings might've ended up being stored during this stressful time period...

Don't Touch Anything

The first thing you should know about fire damage is that it can be harmful, even dangerous.  Don’t touch anything that has been damaged by smoke or fire (including walls, furniture, etc.) until the room has been cleared out by professionals who know what they're doing! And don't try to clean up on your own—your home insurance may not cover any injuries sustained while trying to remove blackened debris yourself.

Try Not To Walk Through Smokey Areas

Have Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Restore Any Damaged Areas 

If you have suffered a home fire, it is important to have experts come in as soon as possible to inspect and clean the area. If damage has occurred, they can help you file an insurance claim so that you do not lose out on money that is rightfully yours. It is also important to call professionals because they will be able to assess the damage properly and know what they need to do in order to restore your home back to its original state.

If you wait too long before contacting restoration experts, there could be more damage done than originally thought and this could make it more difficult for them when trying to fix everything up again. The longer an area has been exposed since the fire occurred, the more likely it will take longer for someone like us at Chicago Fire Damage Restoration Incorporated (CFDRI) or another firm like us elsewhere across America who specialize in these kinds of situations because we understand how damaging fires like these can be especially if there was smoke involved which would cause even further complications down below where most people don't even think about until we tell them otherwise."

If you have experienced a fire, it is important that you take the right steps to protect yourself. You should call your insurance company right away and contact Fire Damage Restoration Professionals to help restore any damaged areas.

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