6 Steps to take after fire damage to restore your property

Mar 6, 2023 | Fire damage restoration

We know firsthand how a fire incident can be overwhelming for property owners, and in extreme cases can throw them into shock and disarray. Even after the fire has been put out, your property can still sustain extreme damage leading to costly repairs. A fire can cause structural damage and loss of belongings, and the smoke and soot from the flames can cause discoloration of personal belongings and household items. We recommend that after a fire damage,  once your loved ones are safe, you contact a professional restoration company to take the first steps in salvaging your property. 

Here at Quick2Dry, we will work toward the recovery of your property and prevent extensive damage by providing prompt and efficient restoration services that stabilize the building. We strongly recommend you contact us as soon as the situation has been contained so that we can help you assess the damage and the gravity of the situation. Entering your home on your own, and even worse attempting to clean it up yourself, is very risky and you could also unknowingly void your insurance policies. Even parts of the building that were unaffected still pose a health risk, as smoke and soot travel far and contain potential health risks. Our team of experts will be with you every step of the way to help you through this difficult situation. 

After successfully putting the fire out, and ensuring everyone’s safety, here are six essential steps to take to restore your property as closely as possible to its pre-loss condition:

1) Contact a professional restoration company

After a fire, your property is very vulnerable to further damage. In order to stabilize the property, it is important to contact a professional restoration contractor to start with the emergency procedures. Our Quick2Dry emergency restoration team will first secure the property by boarding up broken windows, tarping over damaged roofs, and fencing off the property. This is to prevent further damage caused by animals or trespassers.

2) Assess the damage

Inspecting the damage caused by the fire is an important aspect of determining the best restoration process. Upon arriving on-site, our team will thoroughly assess the property. Due to the building risking collapse and the health risks of smoke and soot residue, it is inadvisable to conduct the assessment by yourself. Our licensed professionals have the skills and high-quality equipment to safely identify hidden damage. During the process, our team will assist in documenting the entire process and providing a detailed record for your insurance agent.

3) Notify your insurance company

You can now notify your insurance company to begin the claim process and our detailed evaluation will prove to be very helpful for them. Our team will help you with the insurance claims process to ensure it goes smoothly. Your insurance company will send an adjuster to assess the damage and determine the amount of coverage you are entitled to. If you don’t have insurance, you cant file a claim.

4) Cleanup and removal of debris

Once the insurance adjuster has completed their assessment, our team will begin the cleanup and removal of debris. This usually involves removing debris, ash, and soot from the property. We provide thorough cleaning and removal of debris to ensure that the property is safe to enter. Additionally, we will dispose of any items that cannot be restored or are a safety hazard.

5) Restoration

After completing the cleaning process, the next step is to begin the restoration process to get your property back to its pre-loss condition. Our fire damage restoration includes property stabilization, water damage restoration and dry out, and removal of the smoke odor. This involves extracting standing water and drying out the building, thorough cleaning of soot and smoke, replacing drywall and damaged flooring, etc. Our team will work with you and your insurance company to make sure that the work is completed to your satisfaction.

6) Prevent future fires

The final step in restoring your property is to take steps to prevent future fires. This includes installing sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers. We also recommend you develop a fire escape plan and ensure that everyone on the property knows what to do in case of a fire. 

Contact Quick2Dry For Fire Damage Restoration

Restoring your property after a fire is challenging. However,  following the right steps, can make it less daunting and can help you be prepared for any possible future situations. At Quick2Dry, we have the skill, experience, and equipment to handle any fire damage restoration project. Our restoration technicians will work with you to assess the damage, develop a restoration plan, and get your property back to its original state. Remember: taking action quickly is crucial to prevent further damage and ensure a smooth restoration process. Click here to contact us today, you can also call us at 614-328-5111 or send us an email at  [email protected]  for a comprehensive fire damage restoration service in Columbus, Ohio. 


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