What Should I Do After My House Fire?
There's nothing more unsettling than experiencing a fire in your home — no matter how big or small the incident was. And while your first initial instinct may be to pick up the pieces, there are a few critical steps you must take before you even get to that point (or are even allowed back onto your property.
However, the minute you've received clearance from officials stating that your property is safe to begin cleaning up the damage, here's what you need to keep in mind when dealing with the various stressors that may follow the situation:
Fire Damage Restoration Is a Long Process
After a fire has severely damaged your home, you're probably going through a lot of stress. Fire damage restoration can help rebuild your home, but it'll take time, given what needs to be done. During the process, a team of experts will:
Remove all debris
Repair any water damage
Remove all smoke and soot particles
Improve air quality
Repair property and structural damage
Replace lost property
All of this will take time and can take weeks to resolve, but your life and home will be back to normal once the team's finished.
Handling the Stress of Fire Damage Restoration
There’s nothing more distressing than losing your home to a fire. You're going to feel overwhelmed with the enormity of what comes next. You'll be sad about your losses and scared about the future. This is normal, and you shouldn't try to repress these feelings.
Grieving is an important step in healing, so grieve your losses and accept how you feel. We understand what you're going through, and we're here to let you know that things will get better once the restoration is finished.
Where You Should Go During a Fire Damage Restoration Project
After a fire, you'll need to stay somewhere else for a time. Even a small fire in your kitchen will need to be examined by both the fire department and your insurance claims adjuster if you have insurance. Where you'll need to stay depends on how severe the fire was.
If it's a small fire that only needs a few days of work, you can stay with friends or family while you decompress all of that stress. If you need a long-term relocation, your insurance company can help you arrange that with groups like the Red Cross.
Whatever happens, you should take your pets with you to your temporary home and leave them there when you come back to assist in the restoration.