Home fires are devastating. When the flames are out, homeowners still have to deal with the fire, smoke and water damage that remains. For many people, the time spent recovering from home fire is very stressful and they have lots of questions about the best ways to restore their homes and get on with their lives. Five of the most common questions after a fire are:
Will my insurance pay for the damages?
Most homeowner insurance policies cover much of the cost of fire damage to your home. These policies usually cover the policy holder's residence, in addition to the structures on your property, such as a garage. The contents of your home may also covered. Every insurance policy is different, so it is important to talk with your insurance company.
Is it safe to remain in my home?
Every house fire is unique, but it is likely that there are, at least, minimal health risks if you choose to remain in your home after a fire. Home fires not only cause structural damage which can weaken the stability of your home, but the heat of generated in a fire can cause the release of harmful chemicals into your house. Any standing water left behind from fighting a fire has a high chance of being contaminated with bacteria. It is important to have your home inspected by a certified building inspector before staying in the home after a fire.
Who can help me to recover from a fire?
Experts suggest fire remediation services to homeowners who have experienced a house fire. These companies specialize in helping people deal with the results of a home fire and can help guide homeowners in getting their home, and lives, back to normal.
Can't I save money by doing the work myself?
Fire restoration companies are experienced at repairing the damages associated with fires. They have the tools and training to make sure your home is safe. It is never advisable to try to repair your home yourself after a fire. Without the experience, knowledge and proper equipment to do the job correctly, trying to make repairs yourself may cause larger, and more expensive, problems in the future. A qualified fire remediation company will take care of everything safely and professionally.
What should I look for in a qualified fire remediation service?
Experience. Make sure your fire remediation company has experience restoring similar home fires. Ask potential fire remediation companies for references. Talk with their clients and find out what type of restoration services they had, and how happy they were with the results. Take the time to find a company you trust.
Knowing what to do after a fire begins the process of getting your life back to normal.