Fire Damage Restoration
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What fire Damage restoration tasks we perform?
In case of a fire, please call 911 as soon as possible. The force of a fire is destructive and it can expand quickly.
The following are the fire and smoke damage tasks we normally perform:
- Fire and smoke damage restoration
- Smoke odor removal and professional deodorization
- Emergency cleaning and sanitation
- Pack-outs and contents cleaning
- Temporary protection/board-up
- Carpet and pad removal
- Puff-back cleaning
If a fire happened and the fire department was called to put it out, chances are that you need assistance with water damage restoration too.
Things to know about fire damage:
Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire. We hope you’re never part of this stat.
The leading cause of a fire is cooking. 30% of fires in a high-rise nonresidential building and 50% of fires in a residential building are started by those that try to prepare their own meals.
Other causes are heating related, electrical malfunctions, open flames like candles, faulty appliances or simply smoking.
Most homeowners insurances cover for smoke and fire damage even if the smoke does not come from inside your property.
A basic homeowners insurance policy(HO3) insures the following:
- Your house, or in insurance lingo, dwelling. Referred to as dwelling coverage, this protects you from damages to your place (your home).
- Other structures on your property. Things like your driveway, fences, sheds, and other structures that live on your property are also covered by homeowners insurance.
- Your personal property or simply put the stuff you own. Your household insurance has your back whether your stuff is at home, or anywhere else. So say your shed burns down with a bunch of power tools inside – you’ll be covered. Take note: there may be sub-limits on certain valuable things like jewelry and artwork: make sure to get extra coverage for them, or in insurance lingo, schedule personal property, when buying your policy.
- Additional living expenses. If your place becomes uninhabitable due to fire or smoke then you might be covered under something called “loss of use,” and your insurance company may help pay for a temporary place to stay and basic living expenses such as food, laundry, parking, etc.
- Personal liability which means that if for some reason someone gets injured on your property and it’s your fault, or you/anyone named on your policy causes damage to someone else’s property or stuff, your insurance company should have you covered.
- Medical payments to others coverage. Let’s say a guest hurts her wrist after escaping from your home fire – she’ll have hospital bills to pay. This is where your medical expenses coverage may kick in.
Types of fire damage:
Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage. These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.
- Primary Damage: Damage is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure
- Secondary Damage: Damage is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out.
Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure. This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.
Fire damage prevention tips:
- Check Smoke Alarms
Smoke Alarms Should be present on every level of your home and outside each bedroom.
- Install a Fire Extinguishers
Install a fire extinguisher in or nar your kitchen and know how to use it.
- Plan Escape Routes
Create TWO escape routes in your home and practice them with your family. Establish an outside gathering spot so all family members can be accounted for quickly.
- Be Careful During the Holidays
Unfortunately, many fires occur around the holidays. Exercise caution with candles, keep Christmas trees watered and do not leave Christmas lights turned on for extended periods of time.
- Do not leave your food cooking on a stove
Most fires happen when you are cooking and leaving your food on the stove without turning off the gas or electrical cook top.
See this great resource from FEMA in case of a fire.
In case of a fire damage emergency, Call 911.
Once a fire has been put out by the fire department and you are safe, call your insurance company or a renowned property restoration company/specialist that will guide you on the best steps to take.
Property Restoration PRO is available 24/7/365 and can get on the spot within an hour from the call time.