Fires in one’s home or business are devastating, causing both physical and psychological damage. While your safety is always the number one priority in the case of a fire, it’s understandable to be concerned about your property and valuables, especially things like photos, important documents, and jewelry. However, remember that most things in your home can be replaced—you can’t. Never return to a burning building once you’ve escaped. The flames and smoke may make it impossible to get back out.
Once the fire has been extinguished is when the recovery journey begins. Knowing what to do when it comes to fire restoration is important to prevent additional damage.
Why Fire Restoration is Important
We often think the dangers of fire are over once the flames are out, but this isn’t true. Fires have the potential to cause structural damage that can make a building or home too dangerous to occupy. Even if a building is not deemed uninhabitable, structural damage can go undetected for months to years if not examined by a specialist experience in fire damage. Lingering smoke and soot can also cause potentially fatal respiratory issues. Because of these post-fire risks, starting fire restoration efforts as soon as possible is vital.
Once you are cleared to re-enter your home or business, be sure to carefully document all damages. Photos and videos are a great option, but an itemized list will also work for insurance purposes. Be careful while searching through the property: wear gloves and protective face masks for your safety. Don’t attempt to transverse unstable areas of the building without the proper safety measures in place.
While damages are being documented, it’s a good idea to have a professional fire restoration company come in and conduct an examination of the damages. Companies like the Dean Mitchell Group understand how the unique properties of smoke can cause hidden and unexpected dangers. They are equipped and experienced enough to properly manage the fire restoration process, including cleaning. Without proper, thorough cleaning, additional fire-related damages can accrue days to months later.
Don’t let one unfortunate circumstance transform into another. Begin the fire restoration process as early as you can to get back to your everyday life.
Let Dean Mitchell Group Help You
At Dean Mitchell Group, we respond to your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer emergency boarding services in cases in uninhabitable structures. We can assist with recovering documents and electronics as well as packing and storing your possessions. This process includes a complete content inventory to ensure your records are accurate for filing a claim with your insurance company.
When it comes to fire restoration, Dean Mitchell Group is second to none. Our team of attentive and dedicated specialists will thoroughly clean both the structure and the affected contents therein, including debris clean up as well. We also provide HVAC decontamination where necessary and deodorization services. We do our best to help you restore your home, business, and life to as close to pre-fire condition as we can.
Contact us now for more information about how we can help you.