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What to do right after a fire

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Watching your home burn is an emotionally wrenching experience. Despite the trauma, you have to act quickly after the fire is out to prevent further damage to your house. Delays can lead to further damage—such as rainwater entering your home or mold growing—that could drive up the repair costs.

As soon as possible, contact your insurance company to report the fire and to see what steps they want you to take next. These could include protecting the property, making an inventory of the damage, and contacting a company that specializes in fire damage restoration.

When the insurance adjusters inspect your home for fire damage, make sure they perform a thorough inspection. You want all the damage to be discovered and covered by your initial claim for fire damage. Areas to be inspected should include the:

  • Roof.Burning embers could have caused damage, or the wood underlying the shingles could have gotten moldy.
  • Siding and stucco. The heat from the fire could cause the siding to melt or the stucco to crack.
  • Windows. Heat can cause window frames to melt or blister. It can also cause glass to warp or discolor.
  • Plumbing and heating. Fire can damage pipes, ducts, and soldering or connectors.
  • Interior walls and framing. The inspector may need to remove some wallboard to check the framing or look for mold.


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