The Devastation Of A House Fire
The devastation of a fire to your residential or commercial property will leave you with a lot of concerns and questions. You may not know where to start and which steps to take to start the restoration process. Here is a list of the most important things to consider when hiring a restoration company for fire damage on your property.
You may not know where to start after experiencing fire damage to your property. This is where friends and family can help. Word of mouth is a powerful tool; friends and family can tell you which companies they recommend or which companies to avoid.
Hire a Restoration Company Immediately
It’s ideal to hire a restoration company immediately. Hiring a restoration company will save you time, money and hassle as they’ll be able to limit and prevent additional damage to your property.
Make sure to ask the following questions when hiring a restoration company:
- Is your company licensed and bonded by the state? A license is required for contractors to perform skilled services on peoples’ properties. Each states’ requirements may differ for a contractor to obtain a license, but ultimately the license will indicate the level of work the contractor can complete.A contractor that is bonded has purchased a surety bond. This bond type is an insurance policy that protects the property owner and provides a certain amount of liability protection to the property owner. The bond may provide compensation to the property owner if the contractor fails to complete required and contracted work.
- Is the technician certified? Technicians that are IICRC certified will have the knowledge, tools, and skillset to access to your property and address the repairs needed.
- Is your company insured? While technicians will go out of their way to ensure safety, workplace accidents do happen. A restoration company with insured employees will cover any liability and injury costs that may occur on your property.
- Ask About the Timeline The timeline will be contingent upon the amount of devastation to the property and the amount of repair needed. Fire damage may result in the structure needing to be rebuilt. Other surfaces such as flooring, walls or cabinetry may need to either be cleaned or replaced depending on the extent of the damage and how quickly the damage was addressed. Asking for a timeline will let you plan for accommodations if necessary and get you and your contractor on the same page.
- Ask About the Process Will board up the property to prevent the point of entry intrusions and shore up the structure. Quick action can save you time and money and help get you on a timeline for how long the process will take. Burnt items, water damaged and soot ridden items should be removed from the property. If addressed quickly, technicians may be able to salvage clothing, documents, and furniture with industrial cleaning and drying techniques.
If there is water on your property from firefighting efforts there will be a need for water extraction and dehumidification of the air and surfaces. Water and excess moisture should be removed within the first three to five days after the fire. Water and excess moisture will breed mold and mildew growth if left unresolved.
Soot is contaminated particles resultant of fire that can penetrate deep into porous material such as, drywall, cabinetry, and stone. Water and soot if left untreated may cause staining, rot away surfaces and can cause adverse effects on your health.
- Ask For a Quote And Insurance Claim Remediation and restoration services are expensive. It’s okay for you to do your due diligence and price things out, but remember you get what you pay for. It will do good to pay a little more to work with a licensed and reputable company. You can also ask if the agency will work with and submit a claim on your behalf to your insurance provider. You’ll want and need to provide copies of photos or videos of the damage with a list of lost or damaged items. Depending on your insurance policy, you may be reimbursed for your accommodations while your home is under repair.