Recommendations After a Fire
SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta knows that fires cause damage but often do not completely destroy a home. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Many families in Santa Barbara call SERVPRO regularly to find out what issues to watch out for with partial losses.
In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to ensure the insurance recovery process goes smoothly. SERVPRO recommends that you photo document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim. Fire restoration work takes patience, understanding, and consistent and timely communication. Be prepared to dedicate your time, energy, and persistence to work with highly trained restoration specialists like SERVPRO who will guarantee their work.
Some important tips for dealing with a fire loss:
1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal
Regardless of the fire's size, large or small, the smoke will usually impact your entire home. If the smoke damage is not too heavy, we should be able to clean most everything with SERVPRO specailty clean products. However, it is important to know it is not safe to live inside a house with fire damage, even if all the smoke is cleared away. There is likely to be soot and harmfull particles around that you can't see with the naked eye. Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings, or other plaster surfaces. As the hours pass, you may also begin to notice rust and corrosion on metal hardware throughout your home. In addition, your fabric items may slowly begin to show visible signs of smoke damage. This level of smoke damage requires professional guidance on how to handle items affected.
2. As Much as Possible Limit Activity
Limit your activity and movement in the house until your home is restored. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces. The acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately. Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn't a fire. Use gloves so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean, know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job.
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