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Fires start suddenly and can quickly cause complete devastation but fire damage repair can be a very lengthy process. Even something that starts as simple as a small fire in your kitchen can potentially ruin the very foundation of your home and cause an unsafe environment for your family. When undertaking fire damage repair, there are some precautionary measures you can take to keep you and your family safe.

The first step in fire damage repair is to get permission to reenter the building. Your local authorities may suggest that you stay out of the building for a full 24 hours after the fire. The reason for this is that fires often have small embers that continue to burn under the debris. Theses embers can rekindle the fire after it seems to be completely out. For this reason, your utilities will be shut off in order to avoid any potential electrical fires or explosions from a gas leak. In addition to embers, the air quality after a fire is often extremely poor—possibly filled with toxic fumes. That’s why a Fire Marshall must examine the scene and grant access only after a thorough investigation.

Once you have permission to re-enter the space, call your insurance claims adjuster to inspect the property. Clean up efforts should be postponed until the claims adjuster has had a chance to review the property. The adjuster has experience and a keen eye when it comes to fire scenes and he or she may be able to save you the grief of trying to salvage the unsalvageable.

With your claims adjuster, make a list of all the items that have been damaged in the fire, which can be repaired and which can not. Next, your claims adjuster will attempt to determine if there is any structural damage. Fire can weaken walls, floors, studs, and beams. If the fire did not permanently damage any portion of the structure of your home, it may be possible to begin fire damage repair immediately. If the fire did damage the support and foundation of your walls and floor, the fire damage repair may be more difficult and take longer since it will be comprehensive.

After determining what can be repaired and what the insurance company will pay for, fire damage repair specialists can prepare estimates and proposals for you to help you begin the repair process.

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