Steps to Take after Fire Damage in Ocean Park
SERVPRO can Remediate Fire Damage at Your Home or Business
After experiencing a fire in your home, not only are you likely going through a range of emotions that are overpowering, such as anger, frustration, and sadness, you are probably at a loss of what to do next. Even though it does not seem fair, and it truly isn’t, you will now need to make some important decisions that are life-altering, and the sooner you make them, the sooner you can build your life back up and get back to some kind of normalcy. First and foremost, you will need to have a fire remediation company come check out all the damages and to see what can be restored. SERVPRO is the perfect choice for this, as our staff is professionally trained and has the experience and equipment needed to do the job right.
You should not enter your home after the fire until you have permission from the fire department, even if there is only minimal cosmetic fire damage, as essential structures could have been compromised in your Ocean Park home. Fires could possibly reignite as well, even after it looks like they are extinguished. You will also need to contact your insurance agent right away. They can advise you of the best steps to take in the hours and days after the disaster.
There are things you should do to minimize any additional damage to your property, such as covering doors, and windows, plus pumping out excess water from firefighting efforts. You may also need to put up temporary fencing around your property to stop any theft and vandalism. Do not turn on any utilities, either, until the fire department has advised you that it is safe to do so, and make a list of items which were damaged by the fire, followed by what you paid for them.
You will next need to find temporary housing while SERVPRO takes the time to properly clean up and repair any damages to your home. This could include family or friends, or to find a hotel or apartment complex which offers special rates for people displaced by disasters. Your home will need to be assessed to check for any structural damages as well, so having our team of professionals come into your home as soon as possible is a good idea.
Make sure you understand everything that the insurance company will and will not cover. Keep track of your expenses while you are out of your home, such as paying for your temporary housing. SERVPRO can also work with the insurance company to help get the damages repaired more quickly.
Fires are never convenient. They disrupt your life and they can really shake you up and take you off guard. By calling SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach right away, we can help take a lot of the stressors away by taking care of all the damages. Plus, we are on call 24/7, so feel free to give us a call at (310) 395-9050 anytime you need us.