Fire damage can be devastating just by itself. On top of that, sprinklers and firehoses do a great job of putting out a fire but also create a new problem. You might not be thinking about water damage after a fire disaster but unfortunately, it’s pretty common. Restoring water and fire damage at the same time is no easy task. Soot needs to be removed using a precise procedure. The longer moisture or standing water sits on your belongings, the more damage is created. Wood floors become warped, upholstery looks unrecognizable and carpets are a breeding ground for mold. All of the additional damage due to fighting the fire can become overwhelming. ServiceMaster of Germantown has a team of experts that you can trust to get the job done right. In the meantime, look over the following tips to help you navigate the process.
It’s difficult to avoid damage when water comes into contact with sensitive materials. Any amount of standing water or moisture can take a toll on your home or business. The key is to act right away. The longer water sits in your property, the more damage occurs. In addition, this water damage can grow into mold which is not only visually unappealing, it can be harmful to your health.
What to Do
- Avoid using electrical outlets in affected areas. It might be a good idea to turn off the power in your home to be safe.
- Don’t walk through standing water. Depending on the type of water, it could contain harmful bacteria.
- Record the damage with photos and videos before you move belongings or begin the restoration process. Your insurance company will likely want to see evidence.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Making sure your insurance agent is on the same page as you from the start can save you a headache later.
- Remove valuables and undamaged furniture from your property. Store in a safe and dry location until the restoration is complete.
- If possible, open windows, doors, drawers and cabinets to increase air circulation.
- You might have a sump pump in your basement. Use it to remove standing water.
- Don’t try and remove water with makeshift equipment like a vacuum. This could make matters worse.
- Call an expert fire and water damage restoration team right away. The quicker you call, the more damage our team can prevent.
ServiceMaster of Germantown is your local fire and water damage restoration expert. We hope these tips help streamline your fire damage restoration process. As soon as you experience a fire, contact us at 901-854-6225. Rely on our team of experts to walk you through the entire process, even communicating directly with your insurance provider. We’re available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. Our team also provides extreme cleaning, floor care and more. The sooner you call, the more damage we can prevent.
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