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3 Steps to Take After A House Fire in West Palm Beach

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

burnt and damaged microwave After a fire, big or small, taking the proper next steps is crucial to the fire damage restoration process.

Experiencing a disaster in your home, regardless of the nature of the event, can be a confusing and stressful time. Feeling like this is not uncommon and is a sentiment shared by many who have endured any damage to their West Palm Beach homes, especially after a house fire.

Once the initial shock has subsided and your family is safe, begin taking the necessary steps to get your home back to preloss condition and start the recovery process.

 1. Call Your Homeowners Insurance

Calling your homeowners insurance company to initiate your claim, Is one of the first calls you should make once you are able to. Immediately contacting your insurance will begin the event documentation and will help guide your next steps as well. Your insurance agent should be well-versed in dealing with fire damage claims and can walk you through the process of what is to come.

2. Make Additional Necessary Calls

In the midst of many calls to family and friends to let them know of your safety, phoning other important contacts and persons may be forgotten. Be sure to also contact the following:

  • Utility Providers

Call any companies that currently provide a service to your home (water, gas, electric, cable, etc.) and inform them of the recent house fire. This will be necessary to temporarily stop service and avoid being charged for utilities you are not using.

  • Employers and Schools

Call your employer to advise them of your situation and that you may be unavailable for a period of time while dealing with your home’s fire damage. This also applies to any schools your children are attending. If necessary, let the school know that they may be absent for some time until things are settled.

3. Call A Fire Damage Restoration Company

The fire restoration process cannot begin until a company, like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, is contacted. Your insurance agent may recommend a restoration company, though if they have not, give us a call. We are trusted vendors for many national and local insurances, meaning you can expect quality and professional fire restoration services. Once on site, our crew will begin assessing all of the damage done by the fire, providing documentation and an estimate to both your insurance company and you.

Starting the recovery process after fire damage can be difficult but is not impossible. If you do not have a plan, be sure to turn to the experts SERVPRO of West Palm Beach.

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