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If you are the victim of a fire; if you incurred loss by fire and, as is often the case, also water damage at your home or business, here are some important things to do and not do: fire damage restoration, fire damage restoration DO NOT enter the premises until the fire department or a qualified fire and water damage repair contractor advises you it is safe to do so. This is especially important to remember soon after the fire. It may look like it is extinguished, but maybe not. The fire could reignite or areas of residual gas buildup, like within damaged pipes, could ignite or even explode. DO NOT wear any piece of clothing damaged by fire, smoke, water leaks or flooding. fire damage restoration DO NOT eat or drink any consumable which was even near the fire, resulting soot or water damage. DO be especially careful of roofing, ceilings and floors. Due to fire and water damage, weakened structures may collapse. DO see that ALL utility lines are shutdown. A professional emergency fire and water damage contractor, if the fire department has not already done so, will disconnect all utility lines, like gas, water and electric, to eliminate risk of injury. DO contact a qualified and licenses fire and water damage restoration and repair contractor, like Classic Restoration and Reconstruction. Here is just some of what a qualified Florida-based building contractor should do. That is:
- Secure your home against more fire and water damage;
- Estimate cost of repair of fire and water damage;
- Estimate the cost to repair or renew water and fire damaged items of personal property;
- Store non-damaged household items;
- Effect total cleaning and total repair;
- Store repaired items until needed.
- Contact your landlord or mortgage lender as soon as possible.
- Contact your credit card company to report credit cards lost in the fire and request replacements.
- Save all receipts for any money you spend. These receipts are important in showing the insurance company what money you have spent concerning your fire or water damage loss. This will enable you to evidence expenses incurred to replace fire and water damaged items. This may prove useful come tax time.
- Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire and water damage loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and to prove any losses claimed on your income tax.
- Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about special benefits for people recovering from and repairing fire and water damage loss.
- See: How to replace vital documents (for example, bank records, driver's license, passport, Social Security card, tax returns).
- See: How to replace U.S. currency.
- See: How to replace U.S. savings bonds.
- After the Fire: Returning to Normal (PDF, 406 Kb)
- This booklet provides information on recovering from a fire, including what to do during the first 24 hours, insurance considerations, valuing your property, replacement of valuable documents, salvage hints, fire department operations, and more.
- After the Fire: Returning to Normal (Spanish) (353 Kb)
____________________________________________Classic Restoration and Reconstruction, a building, construction and bio-hazard removal contractor fully licensed, insured and bonded within the state of Florida, primarily services the Florida cities of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Port Richey, Holiday, Odessa, Oldsmar and Hudson. fire damage restoration, fire damage restoration Classic Restoration and Reconstruction is a private business owned and operated by Florida native, Michael Huss. Learn more about us. fire damage restoration, fire damage restoration, fire damage restoration, fire damage restoration