So you have had a fire with some intense damage to your Anchorage or Mat Su Valley home, and you are wondering what is next. TCM Restoration is here to help you fully understand what the next steps are to getting home back in order. With every home disaster, there can be many variables, but we will provide you with a general overview of what to expect during the fire damage restoration process.
First things first, do not enter into your home unless you have been given the “all clear” from the fire department. You do not want to risk being exposed to any of the potential hazards created by a fire inside a home, including but not limited to structural and chemical hazards. Once you have been given then go ahead, you may enter your home and gather any essential items that have not been damaged; you will likely be staying with loved ones or in a hotel until your home has been restored. One important thing to note, is do not take any food items from your home once they have been involved in a fire, the heat and chemicals released during the fire render food items unsafe. If none of your items are salvageable or you cannot enter into your home, don’t worry, your homeowners insurance will likely give you an allowance to purchase necessities or reimburse you for the costs.
Next, contact a licensed professional fire damage restoration company. It is imperative to not delay this step. Soot and smoke can continue to damage your home and the contents within, long after the fire has been put out, if it is not handled by a professional quickly and efficiently. TCM Restoration has on call professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another major concern for home fires, is additional damage happening to your home due to being exposed to the elements. A restoration professional will come to your home quickly and begin the boarding process to protect it from the weather.
Once you have a licensed professional restoration company on their way, it’s time to contact your insurance company to open a claim with them. It is helpful to have a copy of your insurance policy handy when you are speaking with them, if you don’t have them, be sure to ask them to send you a copy. If you need assistance, a TCM professional can help advocate for you when dealing with your homeowners insurance.
Your fire damage restoration company will then begin assessing the situation within your home. They will first have to take any needed steps to ensure that they can work safely inside your home, such as securing any structural weaknesses or electrical hazards, and by wearing personal protective gear to keep them safe from chemical hazards inside. They will then begin making a list, tagging and removing any items that are salvageable. Any items that cannot be saved will be noted and disposed of.
Depending on the extent of the damage, your fire damage restoration company will work with you to order supplies needed to repair your home, such as new carpet and paint. It’s important to get these items ordered in a timely fashion so that waiting on them doesn’t delay the restoration process. Keep in mind that most insurance companies will only pay for replacement of items of the same or lesser value. If you choose to pick items that are more expensive, you will need to cover the cost differences.
As we stated before, every home fire damage restoration project can vary, but this is the basics of what you can expect immediately following the disaster. If you follow them, you can rest assured that you will soon be back to normal life.