If you have suffered fire damage to your home or office building, time is of the essence. Fire damage can erode the foundation of even the best constructed of buildings. Possessions also must be removed from the surrounding area as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of salvaging what can be saved. All of this takes the work of experts in order to accomplish it effectively. Fire damage restoration is a specialized niche that only certain companies can handle for you. With that in mind, consider the following steps that you should take as soon after a fire has occurred as possible.
Ensure the Fire is Completely Out
Too many property owners try to enter their property too soon after a fire in order to salvage as much of their personal property as possible. This is a reckless and dangerous action, however, as the building may be unsafe to do so. You need to allow the fire department time to inspect the premises and ensure that any lingering hot spots are dealt with and that there is not further risk of a fire breaking out. They will also inspect the building in order to clear it for entry. Only after this point should you begin the salvage and cleanup process.
Contact a Restoration Company
If there is extensive damage from the fire, you will want to contact a professional restoration company to come in and take care of the premises. While it is understandable that you will be eager to clean up the premises as soon as possible in order to get your life back to normal, some patience will be required here. Once you call a restoration company, they will be immediately dispatched to the scene. Their immediate objective will be to get the all clear from the fire department that they can enter the building. As soon as they have that, they will work to get your belongings out in a safe and orderly manner. They will then set out to clean up the property and do what it takes to determine what repairs need to be made to solidly the structure.
A restoration company has as their chief objective the desire to restore your building to its original condition. Depending on the extent of the damage, this may or may not be possible. They will need to work with local zoning officials to determine what modifications will need to be made to the property in order to make it habitable again. Once they have conducted their formal assessment of your property, they will meet you to determine what course of action they should take next and then proceed from there.