Tips for Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Pueblo
Having a plan for the moment a house fire starts is essential—you will want to make sure that you and everyone in your family is well-equipped to get themselves to safety in the event that flames start. Once this planning is in place, it is recommended that you begin to plan for the period after a house fire as well.
Because it can be an overwhelming time, making sure you know what to do can help you feel much more in control and capable of handling the situation.
Plan for the Period After a House Fire
Prepare yourself for what to expect. There is no way to know exactly what state your home is in until you are inside, but it is important to prepare yourself for what to expect in order to lessen the shock. Fire can damage homes in seemingly nonsensical ways—smoke and soot can travel far, and structural issues can also be present. Expecting this and being prepared for it will help you be ready when it is time to go inside.
Wait to enter your home. While wanting to jump in and get started on the recovery process is a common reaction, you should not do so at the expense of your safety. It is important to check with officials before re-entering the home, as structural damage can be a result of fire and can cause serious hazards to anyone in the home prematurely.
Contact your insurance company. Every insurance has their own guidelines for fire damage processes, so calling early on in the process is the best way to be informed.
Document the damages. Keeping thorough records of everything that is damaged can feel tedious, but it will definitely come in handy once your restoration team determines what needs to be replaced versus what can be restored. A good inventory list is also often required by insurance to process your claim so there is clear documentation of what has been damaged.
Contact your restoration company. A house fire is a traumatic thing for your family to experience, so recovering quickly is a great way to emotionally heal from the process. To make it as smooth as possible, we always recommend working with a reputable, well-trusted restoration company that is based locally, so you can be certain the job will be done right.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.