What About My Stuff? Restoring Your Fire-Damaged Property
Having a home fire is inevitably a stressful and disorienting experience for homeowners and family members. Fire damage can be extremely destructive, and property that wasn’t destroyed may be damaged by smoke, heat or water. A fire restoration service can begin the cleanup process as soon as the structure is safe to enter.
Personal Property Restoration
Fire remediation includes a process for sorting and restoring your personal belongings. Burned items are rarely salvageable, but you will generally be reimbursed by your insurance company for their replacement. Water damage from the high-pressure fire hose can be destructive, but specialized processes are designed to restore your water-damaged belongings as completely as possible.
Electronics not damaged by heat can often be cleaned, dehumidified and restored to working condition.
Porous materials such as upholstery and drapes that do not have fire damage can usually be cleaned and disinfected. Carpets are often too damaged to save.
Paper products, such as documents and books, require special methods to be cleaned, dried and pressed. A HIPAA-certified official will often oversee the process, ensuring proper document inventory and confidentiality.
If your home is deemed safe for you to enter, the restoration crews will generally welcome your observation of any property restoration that happens on-site.
You may be tempted to begin the cleanup without professional help. Unless your damage is very minor, this is discouraged. Fire damage cleanup is often complex and dangerous, and your homeowner’s insurance will generally cover a significant portion of it. Professionals are trained to use specialized equipment and safety precautions to prevent injuries. They know how to work quickly so water is removed before mold or other secondary damage arises. A remediation specialist is usually the logical and necessary solution to restoring fire- and water-damaged property.
If a fire in your Hilshire Village,TX, home has caused unwelcome upheaval in your life, you can rest assured there are time-tested processes for addressing all types of damaged items. Knowing a bit about what to expect may help you feel less vulnerable and more trusting that your life and your home will soon be on their way back to normalcy.