How to Handle a Fire Loss in Kennesaw GA
Whether it’s a fire in a home or commercial fire damage, the loss can be equally devastating. Home fires may be caused by many unexpected things such as an electrical fault or other anomalies in your home electrical connections. Gas leaks and other fuel energy appliances may also cause a fire in a home. Likewise, fire could start in business settings from an electrical fault, heating materials, or machines such as generators.
What happens after a devastating commercial or residential fire?
Here are the few things to keep in mind should you ever experience a fire in home or business.
Call the Fire Department!
This many seem like common sense, but it merits repeating. If your home or business is on fire immediately get to a safe place and call the appropriate authorities. In most cases this would be your local fire department. Here is a link to Cobb County’s Fire Department -www.cobbcounty.org/public-safety/fire- where you can more information of Kennesaw, Marietta, and Smyrna fire safety.
Do Not Rush Into the Building
Sometimes the fire may die down, and you think that the inferno is over, but it could flare back up without much notice. Whenever there is a fire in home or business, don't rush in side the premise. Hold back until the fire department or other fire professional indicates that is safe to renter the structure. It may be difficult to resist the urge to rush in to check on your valuables and important documents/credentials, but for safety purposes please only return to the building once it has been deemed safe to do so. Rushing into a building with smoke or even just poor air quality can suffocate you.
Secure Your Property & Contact Insurance Company
An important step on the way to recovery is securing your property (once it has been deemed safe to reenter the building by the fire department or other fire professionals). Some property may be salvageable and needs to be protected from further damage. Protecting the structure from the elements prevents most types of secondary damage and can reduce overall restoration costs. Securing the property also can prevent losses from looting and gives the property owner back a sense of control over his or her property.
This can also help you with the insurance company, as it will help with any forensic examination the adjustor or fire investigator may need to determine the cause of the fire and subsequent compensation. As soon as you have secured the site be sure to contact the fire department for a copy of the fire report.The fire report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties if any, date and the extent of fire damage.
Fire Cleanup Process After Fire Damage
You may want to contact a fire damage restoration company to help cleanup your home or business, especially in the event of excessive smoke damage or soot damage. Generally speaking, it is not advisable to assume you can handle the entire fire cleanup by yourself. Fire loss comes with severe smoke damage and excess soot damage. Restoring the air quality and cleaning the HVAC system for an entire building is an arduous task thus you may need a helping hand to do so. If the damage is quite small, you might be able to restore it by yourself by mixing trisodium phosphate and water to clean up some types of smoke damage. You can use a vacuum to further clean and to pull soot away from the surface by yourself. This may enhance the air quality in your building.
SERVPRO of Marietta West’s fire damage restoration experts can help you clean the soot damage quickly and with a whole lot less effort on your part. Smoke may corrode your walls and other non-damaged valuables since most smoke residue is acidic. Soot damage can also block your ventilation system resulting in poor air quality in your home or business.
It is important to start cleanup as soon as possible to regain normalcy and a sense of control. Cleaning up even a small portion of your home or apartment and even a commercial fire loss, can be very empowering and can boost your weary soul by giving you a great sense of accomplishment.
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SERVPRO of Marietta West is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Marietta community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
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