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My Clifton Park Home Has Fire Damage, What Do I Do?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Flames in Darkness When in need of fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620.

Call SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Clifton Park Home

You may think you are well prepared for a fire, especially if your home has smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. However, even with measures in place, the truth is that most homeowners are not genuinely ready for a fire and the stresses and confusion which follow.

What should be remedied after a fire?

The extent of fire damage in your Clifton Park home mainly depends on the intensity of the fire which caused it. If a short circuit or gas leakage caused the fire, it probably spread rapidly, meaning that it affected many rooms, and the losses were severe. Nonetheless, regardless of what caused a fire, you may need to remedy several things.

Fire alone does not cause the resulting destruction. Instead, it is a combination of heat, smoke, and soot, all of which may lead to different problems that need to the remedied. They include:

  • Heat damage – Even if the structures and contents of your home do not come into direct contact with fire, the heat can ruin them.
  • Fire damage – The flames of a fire can cause great devastation to a home. It can burn appliances, electronics, and building materials. You need to replace the severely burned items.
  • Smoke damage – Smoke is often called soot when it settles on surfaces. Soot residues may contain various acids because sulfides and chlorides in the smoke mix with moisture or humidity in the air to form acids.

We can use various strategies to deal with different kinds of damage in your home. This includes cleaning the affected areas to remove soot residues and the water or chemicals firefighters used to extinguish the flames. We also use different odor removal techniques.

What Should I Do Before The Fire Restoration Process Begins?

Before our restorers arrive, you can do several things:

  • Look out for safety hazards – Beware of dangerous debris, live wires, frayed electrical cords, and unsteady structural elements. It is advisable to have personal protective clothing like rubber gloves, a hard hat, sturdy boots, and a face mask as you enter your house. Avoid turning on your HVAC system before getting clearance from your HVAC contractor.
  • Save undamaged items- Take anything that seems to be in good condition to a safe place. If you leave them in the affected area, they can sustain damage from soot or water.
  • Document the destruction – Take videos and pictures of the damaged property.
  • List the items that the fire damaged- Include the make, model, brand, age, current condition, and the serial number of the damaged items if possible. You also need to inventory non-restorable items like paper or food for your insurance company. List the quantity and name of the lost items and an estimate of their prices.
  • Call your insurer – Describe the fire incident in detail and discuss options with your insurance adjuster. The adjuster may come to see the loss one or two days after you file your claim. By alerting your insurance company early, you can start the restoration process soon.

Do I Need To Remove Possessions From My Home?

SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians who can identify which items to clean and restore and the ones that need replacement. We can create a list containing salvageable and non-salvageable items. If you approve it, we can submit it to your insurance firm.

When possible, we restore damaged items on site. When it is not possible such as when items have sustained significant damage or a home is not structurally sound enough for restoration crews to work in it, we move the things that need restoration to our facilities. Our team carefully inventories, packs out and transports the items to a secure facility for cleaning and restoration.

You may have valuable items such as electronics and artwork that need to be restored by a specialist. Our team can consult your insurer and take them to a competent restorer. We keep the items secure until the restoration process ends.

Our SERVPRO team provides an honest assessment of a home and its contents when dealing with the adjuster and the customer. We are conscious of the concerns of our customers and communicate these to the adjuster. At times, there may be adequate insurance coverage to replace unsalvageable content but not sufficient to restore salvageable items. By considering the concerns of our customers and the opinions of the adjuster, we help create a win-win situation for everyone involved. Communicating with the adjuster during the move-out includes:

  • Addressing the primary concerns of the customer
  • An overview of the first inspection and contact with the customer
  • Considerations and needs of the subcontractor
  • Auxiliary needs like lighting, heating, and generators
  • Coverage of the customer
  • Cost considerations like storage limits and policy limits

Do I Have To Move Out During The Restoration Process?

You do not have to move out of your house if it has sustained minor damage and the utilities are working as they should. Your family can remain in the home as SERVPRO technicians restore it. At times it may not be advisable to stay in a fire-damaged house because of the risk of breathing in smoke residues and noise from the restoration equipment.

When needing fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620. We can complete the restoration process quickly to reduce your loss.

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