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Did November’s Torrential Rains Cause Storm Damage to Your Phoenix Home?

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Unlike other parts of the country, Phoenix’s weather is fairly predictable….usually. We had a pretty tame monsoon season and yet we experienced a big rainstorm late in November that brought a lot of rain to the Valley. If your home experienced storm damage, it’s time to contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix!

Phoenix storms can be powerful and damaging

Monsoons can wreck havoc on a home of any size, but really desert storms in general can cause storm damage. The Thanksgiving weekend storm in Phoenix saw heavy rain and at least three tornadoes touched down in Phoenix. Even if your neighborhood was spared getting turned into tornado alley, rains pelted homes all across the Valley. This resulted in excess water, downed trees hitting homes and in some cases, damaged roofs; results you usually hear about during the monsoon, not in November. For many homeowners, the intensity of the storm took them by surprise.

Why it’s important to react quickly to storm damage

Water damage and flooding can cause structural damage that needs to be addressed quickly to maintain the integrity of the home. Working with a company such as SERVPRO which offers 24/7 emergency service insures that the issue will be dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally. Even if the storm damage didn’t cause structural damage, the water damage caused by such an intense storm can cause issues including mold and possibly electrical damage (water and electricity don’t mix!). Here are a few water damage tips to follow after you experience storm damage:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

How SERVPRO of Phoenix can help

When you call the SERVPRO specialists, they’ll come out and inspect the damage, providing a full overview of what damage was done and how it needs to be addressed. We’ll check for contaminated water in the home to ensure the homeowner’s safety and do a complete safety inspection. Then we move to the water removal and water extraction stage. We’ll move out any belongings that need to be removed to get to all the water in the home. We’ll inspect the carpet and pad to assess how to best extract the water. We’ll follow that with our highly specialized equipment for water removal and extraction including moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation. We also use infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings. We’ll leverage submersible and gas-powered pumps as needed for continuous pumping of high-level water and our truck-mounted and portable extraction units to perform efficient water removal.

We’re not done once the water is gone

After the water has been removed, there are still steps to be taken by our professional team. We turn our attention to drying and dehumidification to prevent more damage.  The floors and walls may appear dry, but a quick inspection will reveal they are wet to the touch. Nearly all building materials, like wood, drywall, and flooring materials, are porous and therefore retain water. This retained water can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.

The final step:  cleanup and repair

Once our team has the water under control and the drying process complete, we can assist with any items that need repair from water damage such as walls, flooring, etc. Our building services include:

  • Drywall Removal and Installation
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation

We’ll also focus on odor removal and deodorization if necessary.

If your Phoenix home suffered storm damage from the Thanksgiving weekend, contact us right away at (480) 503-2090. We’ll get the job done and get you back to like it never happened!

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration is Critical After a Home Fire

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in your Phoenix home can be a devastating experience. The anguish of property lost to the flames is only compounded by the property left behind that survived the fire but still looks damaged beyond repair. SERVPRO of Phoenix understands how important it is to help homeowners get back to a place where it feels like the fire never happened at all, but time and experience are key to making that happen. Our fire damage repair and restoration services focus on the fact that fire, smoke and soot restoration is critical to recovery.

Fire Damage Process Overview

When a home fire occurs, reaction time and the steps to assess the damage are significant factors in restoring a home back to its preloss condition. That’s why it’s important to follow an emergency fire damage process; a routine that every highly trained SERVPRO technician follows when coming out to a home that has suffered fire.  SERVPRO’s quick response can reduce continued damage and save money by quickly responding to the incident. It starts with a quick response time to let a homeowner know someone is on the way to assess the damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be onsite to start mitigation services. A technician will walk the homeowner through the step-by-step process to explain what services are needed and what the expected outcome will be. For restoration of property, they’ll start pretesting for restorability. Once they understand the possible outcome, they’ll communicate findings to the homeowner to get the process started, cleaning, restoring and deodorizing the property. It ends with a final walkthrough so that the homeowner can see what work was completed.

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Restoration Services

There are essentially two types of cleaning that happen during restoration:  structure cleaning and contents cleaning. Structural cleaning relates to ceiling, walls, windows, floors, carpeting and woodwork. All need a thorough cleaning after a fire. In some cases, a simple cleaning may suffice while in other cases, the cleaning may serve as a preface to additional services such as painting.

Contents cleaning can save significant money over replacing items damaged by the fire. Area rugs, furniture, drapes and upholstery can be cleaned and deodorized, saving the homeowner significant expenses of having to replace these items. This cleaning can also be done for electronics, art, kitchen items, clothing, bedding and more. Many homeowners assume that once contents have fire, smoke or soot damage they need to be replaced but that isn’t always the case! Oftentimes cleaning and deodorizing will take contents back to their preloss condition at a fraction of the cost to replace it. SERVPRO’s highly trained fire damage restoration technicians will provide the homeowner with a list of items that can be restored.

Expertise dictates what kind of restoration is done

Different types of smoke cause different types of damage and need to be treated differently. Wet smoke, such as occurs with plastics, can leave items sticky, while dry smoke, such as wood or paper, can leave ash and powdery residue. Unfortunately, there is also damage done from trying to extinguish flames, such as fire extinguisher residue that requires a different type of cleaning. Working with fire damage experts make all the difference in how well the home is restored after fire damage.

Fire, smoke and soot restoration is critical after a home fire and must be handled by a professional that knows how to get the job done. SERVPRO of Phoenix wants to ensure that our customers can return to happily living in their homes after a fire disaster. We have extensive experience and training, including IIRC training and certification, needed to provide you with the level of service you deserve. Call us at (480) 503-2090 so we can help restore your Phoenix residence after it suffers smoke or fire damage.

Highly Trained Professionals Are Important for Mold Remediation

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Highly trained mold remediation specialist SERVPRO of Phoenix mold remediation specialist

Discovering that your home has mold can be frustrating and a bit frightening. How did it get there?  How do you get rid of it?  How can household items damaged by mold be repaired? How can you stop mold from happening again?  As highly trained professionals in mold remediation, there’s a reason why SERVPRO of Phoenix is the ideal company to call for mold issues in your home.

What is mold remediation?

Many people mistakenly assume that mold remediation is the same as mold removal, but that is actually untrue. In reality, mold is everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so guaranteeing “removal” of mold is impossible. What is possible is mold remediation, where mold issues are assessed, mold is contained, air filtration is implemented, mold infested materials are removed, and final cleanup and restoration of mold damaged items is completed. It’s a complicated process that needs professionals trained in mold remediation to get the job done thoroughly and correctly using a mold remediation process.

What kind of training do SERVPRO of Phoenix professionals receive?

While there’s no such thing as mold remediation school, there are several programs and certifications that SERVPRO of Phoenix technicians go through to ensure they’re doing the best job possible. First, there’s the initial franchise training, a 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility that serves as the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course covers many restoration topics that not only include mold mitigation, but fire and water restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. They also go through IIRC training and certification. IIRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certifies and sets the standards for all the cleaning and restoration industries. SERVPRO technician professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in mold remediation, water restoration, fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, as well as other cleaning and restoration courses, to continue growing their expertise. In addition to this, there are several volunteer certifications programs through the franchise focusing on training, cleanup and restoration. Last, there are web-based and in person ongoing education classes that cover a variety of professional development topics on mold restoration and much more.

Handling mold issues is more than simply mold remediation

Understanding not only how to handle mold in a home or business, but how to restore a home to its condition prior to mold infestation takes highly trained professionals. As water and mold damage specialists, SERVPRO of Phoenix has the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. We do this quickly and efficiently through our fast response team and advanced equipment. That’s why SERVPRO of Phoenix should be your first call when you encounter mold issues. Got mold? Contact us today at (480) 503-2090.

Commercial Storm Damage Services Are Vital to Any Phoenix Business

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded commercial facility in Phoenix This fabrication plant in Phoenix suffered flooding from a ruptured water line.

When businesses experience storm damage, the costs are multiplied by not only what the expense will be to repair the damage, but lost business during the time repairs are being done. When Phoenix businesses experience storm damage by our destructive monsoons, the costs can add up quickly, so working with a business such as SERVPRO of Phoenix can make a huge difference in how well a business recovers after commercial storm damage is experienced.

The cost of storm damages to a business

When monsoons or other violent storms cause damage to a business, regardless of size, the business can suffer significantly until the damage is repaired. First, the initial damage, which can include broken windows, soaked flooring and furniture, damaged walls and more, can be unsightly if not unsafe for both customers and employees. In many cases, businesses have to shut down fully or partially until the damage is assessed and repaired. In addition to the cost of repairs and lost business, productivity can suffer significantly even if the business remains open. The sooner a business can get fully restored and up to speed, the less costly the storm damage is to the company’s bottom line overall.

Why commercial storm damage presents a unique challenge to restoration specialists

Storm damage to commercial properties present a unique challenge to restoration specialists. Unlike residential properties, commercial properties may not be able to vacate the premises while restoration work is being done in order to keep the business up and running. Also, depending on the size of the business building itself, the restoration process can be on a much larger scale, especially those commercial building with multiple floors. Oftentimes, heavy or expensive commercial equipment has suffered from storm damage and needs to be restored or removed. And of course, while storm damage is never convenient for either a homeowner or a commercial property owner, commercial storm damage can be significantly more costly as more time goes on until the damage is repaired. With SERVPRO of Phoenix’s 24-hour emergency service, we can be faster to any disaster.

The timeline for water damage on commercial properties

Water damage restoration specialists understand the timeline of water damage and the costs associated. Within minutes of storm damage, water can spread quickly and cause damage to flooring, furniture, walls, equipment and more. Within 24 hours, drywall can swell, materials start to break down, and a musty odor can form. After 48 hours, windows and doors can swell, paint blisters and wood floors can warp. If damage is left unaddressed any longer than a week, significant mold damage can set it, greatly increasing costs to businesses. There are many major employers in Phoenix but large or small, water damage can be costly to a company.

Why business need to work with a commercial restoration specialist

Unfortunately, most companies don’t seek out commercial storm damage services until they need one and by then, the clock is ticking. Ideally, companies should identify a company that specializes in commercial storm damage restoration and other related services so they’re prepared should disaster strike. If your company is seeking a commercial restoration company as part of their emergency ready plan, contact SERVPRO of Phoenix at (480) 503-2090.

Phoenix Home Inspections for Hidden Mold Growth

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Containment for Mold Remediation Containment at Phoenix home undergoing mold remediation.

A slew of issues can surface when you have mold in your Phoenix home, especially the attic. Home owners don’t typically inspect their attics for mold growth, which leaves the mold lots of opportunities to thrive and multiply, ready to spread in other areas of the home. When the mold growth has become out of control, you’ll need to find a professional home remediation company, like SERVPRO of Phoenix. A mold expert will come out, test and discuss what your options are.

When is Remediation Needed for Mold  in Your Home?

Your home can easily accumulate mold when you have a hidden water leak somewhere. Hidden water leaks are typically found behind a wall. Come the monsoon storms, hidden water leaks can also be found in your roof. The attic does not get regular human traffic, in fact, in some households, it’s only visited once a year. So finding mold growth in your attic is not all that uncommon. In order to determine if your mold growth requires remediation, you should have a remediation specialist come out to test.

SERVPRO of Phoenix, has professional mold experts that will come out, test for mold, and then consult you on what all of your options are. If remediation is what you chose to move forward with, based on the recommendations, our technicians will walk you through every step of the process with strong communication and care for your home.

If the mold expert comes out and found a lot of mold in multiple areas, then remediation is probably necessary. Mold growth can damage your home in a multitude of ways which include  the structural elements. Then you also have, and want to eliminate, the odor of mold in your home which lingers throughout and seemingly impossible to get rid of.

Could Your Home Have Mold Growing Somewhere?

There are 12 common molds found in households, but all of them cause damage, which starts with the surface its attached to. It also affects things like the ceilings, walls, framing, and insulation. If your home recently had a water leak that you are aware of, and you begin to smell musty odor, you probably have mold growth and should carefully look around for it. Even if you don’t see it, but you suspect its there, a mold specialist can come out and test and if it exists, will find it. When you call a mold expert as soon as you think you have mold, you are saving your home from any further damage.

So there are no water leaks in your home… that you are aware of, at least. There are more ways mold will take advantage of to exist. Insulation that has been improperly installed or is insufficient in its functionality becomes a prime environment for mold to thrive. An inadequate ventilation system within areas of your home will also provide areas where mold is likely to inhabit. Anywhere in the home that is associated with the plumbing system is also a very common place for mold growth.

Local Home Remediation Specialist

At SERVPRO of Phoenix, we understand mold and mildew and have many years of experience with remediating the different molds that exist. Our techs are well-trained and have access to a variety of advanced equipment. We are dedicated to helping home owners cope with and understand the process of mold remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Phoenix, and have a mold expert come out and test for the mold you suspect and they will walk you through the whole process. Call 480-503-2090.

Water Damage Restoration for Your Phoenix Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

After your residential property in Phoenix has experienced water damage, finding a professional restoration service is very important. Learn more about what the water damage restoration process entails and how to choose the right professional for the job.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) have outlined standards that can be used as guidelines when dealing with water damage. In most cases, companies like SERVPRO of Phoenix use the IICRC's set of procedural standards. However, the standards do not to teach people comprehensive procedures for water damage restoration itself. Individuals and companies who utilize these standards must be aware of contemporary techniques and must also abide by all regulations and procedures by local, state, and federal laws.

Loss Assessment and Evaluation Process

The loss assessment and evaluation process is most effectively completed by a trained water damage restoration technician. A SERVPRO of Phoenix expert will utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form. This technician will document all the personal possessions affected by water damage. This document will help you in your communications with your insurance company concerning your Phoenix home.

Water Damage Restoration Services

Services offered by a SERVPRO of Phoenix water damage specialist will be customized to get your residential property back in order. One service that is available is the use of water sensing equipment to inspect areas of the home that have been affected by water damage. Tools and equipment used for this purpose include probes and infrared equipment. After the inspection is complete, our water remediation specialists will then dry out your home and sanitize any contaminated areas. These areas of the home will also be deodorized if necessary. Throughout the cleaning process, the remediation specialist will use equipment such as dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, air movers, and floor drying systems to optimize the restoration process and preserve structures and contents. Moisture meters measure specific water content in affected items which can help keep any future mold issues that may arise to a minimum.

Monitoring

Even after the entire process of water damage restoration is completed, it’s important for an expert to visit for a follow-up inspection. Your property will be monitored for moisture content, humidity, and temperature of the treated areas to ensure there is no risk for mold damage.

Final Inspection and Completion

Once the moisture content, humidity, and temperature are within acceptable industry standards, the water damage remediation specialists will any remaining equipment from your property.

Let The Professionals of SERVPRO of Phoenix Assist You

While handling the aftermath of water damage can be challenging, we are here to help. The trained professionals of SERVPRO of Phoenix have extensive industry experience and operate in compliance with all rules and regulations outlined by the IICRC S500. We offer 24/7 services from a crew of trained professionals.

Locally Owned and Operated

Our SERVPRO of Phoenix team has various recovery equipment at hand, designed to reduce any water damage threat quickly. You can count on our IICRC-certified professionals to respond 24/7 to any water damage restoration need and make it “Like it never even happened”. Give us a call today at (480) 503-2090.

Cleaning Up Smoke Damage After House Fire

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage cleanup after a house fire in Phoenix may seem like a no-brainer process, but cleaning smoke damage from anything is a bit more challenging than most think. The stubborn smell alone that seeps deep into all the different surfaces found throughout the house is very tough to completely remove and can make you nauseated and left with a headache or other health issues. SERVPRO of Phoenix has a lot of experience in this, so we would like to share our methods to cleaning up smoke damage after a house fire.

Tips on Cleaning Smoke Damage

After a house fire, especially in Phoenix with the warmer temperatures, the odor left by the fire never goes away entirely. Don’t bother to reach for the aerosols, air fresheners, and perfumes, they will only dilute the odor, but they are not capable of removing it completely. Before starting the smoke damage cleanup and restoration process, stop the soot from spreading by shutting off the A/C and opening all doors and windows to allow the fresh air to flush out the whole house. Set up an air purifier and let it run throughout the entire process to protect you from inhaling anything you’re not supposed to.

If you haven’t already reached out to your local fire cleanup company, like SERVPRO of Phoenix, then give us a call at 480-503-2090 and setup an appointment to address your needs. A good fire repair company should have well-trained and IICRC-certified techs that have a lot of experience. If you’re doing it yourself then you may want use a respirator during the process to protect your lungs from the negative effects of breathing in the soot.

Tips on Smoke Damage Cleanup

To begin, go through the house and gently dust off and vacuum any loose soot left behind after the house fire. Next, for any walls and other hard surfaces, you’ll need a dry-cleaning sponge (chemical sponge). This process is a critical part in the cleanup process because the special chemicals within the sponge are able to remove the smoke and soot stains from walls and other hard surfaces. Using single strokes in one direction, gently wipe the surface with a clean side of the sponge. The trick here is that when you have soiled a side of the sponge, grab your scissors and cut off a slice to reveal a new fresh and clean side to the sponge. Don’t ever use water or any soot cleaner prior to using the sponge as that will spread the soot all around making it impossible to clean it up with the chemicals in the sponge. 

Using white vinegar turns out to be a very effective smoke damage cleanup solvent. In fact, we recommend placing bowls of the white vinegar in all the rooms that were affected by the fire and leave them sitting in there for several days. Baking soda also has the same effect, but you may also use a commercial soot/smoke remover, paint thinner, some rubbing alcohol or a high powered degreaser like Benefect Botanical Atomic Degreaser. Soak a rag in the solution and wipe all hard surfaces, even if they don’t look like they were affected by the fire. The odorous particles are invisible and attach themselves to everything.

Next, add 1 to 3 teaspoons of a mild degeaser or dish soap to a gallon of water.and using the same motions as with the dry-cleaning sponge, wipe down all those same hard surfaces.It may be necessary to repeat these cleaning steps if it was a large fire that produced a lot of smoke. Always keep rinsing the rag or sponge so that you don’t spread the soot and smoke damage. Also, keep cycling through a new bucket of the solution once it turns a dark color. Then go over everything again with just a clean cloth soaked in nothing but clean water.

Then, you should make sure that the HVAC system gets new filters put in to replace the ones that were affected by the fire..We highly recommend having the HVAC system thoroughly cleaned by a professional. There are times that even after completing all these steps properly, the odorous smell is still there. That’s when you use an ozone generator, which you can rent, buy or borrow, but an ozone generator is very effective in removing the odor left behind after a fire in your home. Or you can again, have a fire repair company come out with the ozone generators to complete this process for you.

Call the Smoke Damage Cleanup Experts

Many people find that the process to completely eliminate the smoke odor after a house fire is just too time consuming and tedious. SERVPRO of Phoenix can help and do it all with their state of the art equipment an advance techniques, we get it done right the first time.Our highly skilled techs are sympathetic to the tragedy of a house fire and understand that communicating effectively with you is important. We also work with your insurance company.

What to Do After Storm Damage in Phoenix

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

The monsoon season typically leaves behind lots of damages to both commercial and residential buildings and knowing what to do after storm damage occurs is not always that clear. Getting the storm damage repairs addressed is stressful and time consuming, however there are a few things you can do that can expedite the process and get the repairs completed effectively and efficiently, not to mention affordably.

3 Steps to Repairing Storm Damage

Taking inventory of the storm damage needing repairs is your first step. Something a lot of Phoenix property and homeowners don’t always remember is that most insurance companies cover damages from the storm over the entire property, not just the structure on the property. Not all insurance companies support this, but it’s better to document all damages just in case yours does.

Document any damages from the storm to the outside of the entire house like the walls, windows, doors, gutters, roof, any major structural elements of the building. Look around the entire property including the front and back yards, the side yard, storage areas, garage and any equipment kept outside. Note and take pictures of any damages you find. Be sure to examine any damages to any power or gas lines and anything else that serves power and water to the building.

Once you’ve documented what needs to be repaired from the storm damage, call your insurance agent. More than likely the insurance company will take the time to open a claim, but all insurance companies run differently with different processes and policies that need to be adhered to in order to have a successful claim. You can save yourself some hassle by asking the following questions:

  1. What are all the terms of the insurance policy regarding storm damage repairs?
  2. What is the deductible on the storm damage repair and the caps?
  3. Does the insurance company have authorized vendors that you must contact, or are you able to contact your own storm damage repair company?

Finally, if the insurance policy allows you to reach out to your own storm damage repair company, call one you trust. A leader in the industry like SERVPRO of Phoenix who has a vast amount of experience repairing storm damage done to both the interior and exterior of properties. 

Taking Care of Your Storm Damage Repairs

We are licensed, bonded and certified and our techs are well trained and very empathetic to those experiencing all kinds of disasters. So after taking precautions to prevent future storm damage and you still fall victim, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out. Available 34/7 with an immediate response - 480-503-2090.

Mold Problems? Leave Mold Remediation to The Experts

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

There are several reasons why homes in the Phoenix area experience mold problems and need mold remediation. While our wet season can definitely contribute to the issue, water leaks of any kind can cause mold to grow. If your home is experiencing a mold problem, it’s best to leave mold cleanup to the experts who know how to address it correctly.

What is Mold Remediation?

Most people think that unless they see or smell mold in their home, there is no mold present. Believe it or not, that’s actually not true. Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, and this is perfectly natural. When homeowners start to actually see mold in their homes, that’s when mold has become a problem that needs to be remediated immediately. When professionals like the mold techs at SERVPRO of Phoenix come out to your home, they’re not actually doing mold removal. Why? Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Unfortunately, there are many companies that claim they can get rid of mold for good, but this simply isn’t true and is very misleading. When the trained experts at SERVPRO of Phoenix come to a home to deal with a mold issue, they are focusing on the process of mold remediation, which is simply to get mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Why Homeowners Shouldn’t Try Removing Mold Themselves

Since many mold issues start because of a water leak or other presence of excessive moisture, many people assume that once they address the water issue, they can simply to a thorough job of cleaning up mold on their own, perhaps using a little bit of bleach and some elbow grease to get the job done. However, there are very specific steps that should be taken for mold remediation. First, a mold professional needs to come out and inspect the mold damage using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  Next, the mold needs to be contained to prevent the spread of mold. Then a special air filtration system is used to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. After that, removal is the next step. SERVPRO employees use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested drywall or carpeting may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. Cleaning of other items, depending on mold growth, may be necessary using techniques to clean and sanitize the items. Last, depending on the damage to drywall, etc. restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing carpet, drywall, etc.

No one wants to deal with mold issues in their home but when it happens, it’s best to contact the experts to handle it. If your Phoenix home needs mold remediation, give SERVPRO of Phoenix a call at480-503-2090. Our technicians are certified andavailable 24/7 every day!

A House Fire, What To Do After

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

After a house fire, knowing what to do after doesn’t come instinctively to most people. Of course fire and smoke damage restoration comes to mind, but there are things that need to be done before. Moving on after a house fire may seem impossible, but it doesn’t need to be. Understanding where to begin and the resources available to help you is crucial to putting your life back together. 

What To Do After a House Fire

Contact a family member or a close friend to inform them of what happened. They may be able to help you find a place to stay as well. Staying in your home anytime before a home restoration, after the fire is not safe. You can also reach out to the local disaster relief agency’s, like the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

Call your Insurance agent. Begin your claim as soon as possible so that your immediate needs can be met. Your agent should also help to secure your property in addition to recommending a home restoration after the fire company, like SERVPRO of Phoenix. The “Loss of Use” fund from your insurance policy can be used towards your daily living expenses and basic necessities. Keep all your receipts and a detailed record of all your purchases.

If and when you do plan on going back into the home for any reason, be sure to confirm the go ahead from the fire department officials. When given the green light to enter, another thing to do after a house fire is to take pictures and even videos of the damages. You’ll want these to support your claim. You had a house fire, what to do next involves taking inventory of everything affected after the house fire

Home Restoration After the Fire

Home restoration after the fire is your top priority. Reaching out to your trusted fire and restoration company, like SERVPRO of Phoenix to help mitigate early on leading to any reconstruction that may need to be done.