Steps to Take After Fire Damage

A house fire is one of the worst things you can experience. But as long as your family is safe, you’ll ultimately be okay. The level of fire damage depends on the extent of the blaze. And while you may have to replace all or most of your belongings, it’s possible to rebuild and move on with your life.

Here are a few tips to help you recover after fire damage.

  • Contact your insurance company. Homeowner’s insurance covers fire damage. Speak with your insurance agent to discuss your coverage and schedule an appointment for an insurance adjuster to visit your home.
  • Call a fire damage restoration company. You may be able to fix some damage caused by fire and smoke. But if the damaged is severe, you need professional help. These companies have the tools and skills to restore walls, flooring, furniture and appliances.
  • Wash clothes and fabrics. If clothes, pillows and other fabrics survived the fire, wash these items one or two times in the washing machine. You can also take items to the dry cleaners. Washing helps remove smoke odors.
  • Clean small household items. Use a strong disinfectant to remove soot and kill bacteria on small appliances, such as toaster ovens and microwaves. Wear gloves and safety glasses.