When a house fire occurs in your home or in the home of someone you know, at ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings, we know that stress levels will be high and the number of things you need to do to start the fire restoration process will seem overwhelming. Your number one priority is your safety, so most of the tasks that need to get done will be taken care of by professionals. However, there are some things you can do for your Neenah, WI home to help move the restoration process along.
Identifying which items in your home have experienced fire damage is one of the first steps you should take to begin the fire restoration process. If you’re allowed back into your home, you should first remove any salvageable items by order of value. Although not necessary, it is recommended that you do this with the help of a professional fire restoration service so they can assess if any of the items have sustained damage. Knowing the type of damage (smoke, heat, flame, or water) is imperative to restoring your valuables to their pre-fire state.
Put your valuables in storage, at a relative’s house, or at a friend’s house, just don’t leave them at the house. Depending on the severity of the damage, you most likely will not be staying at your home after a fire, and an unoccupied home is a target for thieves. However, if certain items have undergone water damage, dry them out to prevent mold growth before placing them in storage.
Here are some other fire restoration tips for what not to do until help arrives.
- Do not turn on appliances or light fixtures if they have been sprayed with water or fire extinguisher chemicals.
- Do not consume food or drinks that have been contaminated with soot residue.
- Do not clean soot residue yourself. It is best leave it to professionals.
- Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances, outlets, or lighting fixtures.
Experiencing a fire in your home is devastating and you may be overwhelmed with what you need to do to restore it. ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings has the expertise to give you the fire restoration services you need. We serve Neenah, WI and the surrounding Fox Valley area with 24/7 service. Contact us today at 920-739-5615.