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A house fire can be overwhelming and traumatic. 

Beyond the physical damage to your property and the resulting losses, the emotional toll can be immense. However, in the aftermath of such an event, you need to take prompt and decisive action to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your property. 

We’re sharing our comprehensive guide on what homeowners should do after a home fire.

Step 1: Immediately After a House Fire

Safety is your first priority. The first thing you need to do is make sure everyone in your house has been safely evacuated from the premises, and don’t re-enter the property until the authorities have deemed it safe for you to do so.

If anyone in your household has sustained injuries during the fire, seek medical attention promptly. Even if you don't have visible injuries, seek medical advice if you've been exposed to smoke or fumes, as they can have long-term health effects.

Before re-entering, have a professional assess the structural integrity of the building to prevent potential collapse or further hazards. Watch out for electrical hazards, gas leaks, weakened floors or walls, and other dangers. If you suspect any utilities are compromised, contact the appropriate authorities immediately.

Step 2: Within the First Few Days

Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to start the claims process. Provide them with detailed information about the extent of the damage and any temporary living arrangements you may need.

Once it’s safe for you to re-enter the property, you can try to salvage any important documents, valuables, and sentimental items. Dispose of any items that are extensively damaged or contaminated beyond repair.

Take photographs and videos of the damage for your insurance claim. Keep records of all communication with your insurance company and any expenses incurred during the recovery process.

Secure openings in your home to prevent unauthorized entry and further damage from weather or vandalism, and cover any openings in the roof to prevent water damage from rain or snow.

Hire a reputable fire damage restoration company to assess the damage and develop a comprehensive restoration plan. They have the expertise and equipment to mitigate further damage and restore your home to its previous condition. 

You don’t have to use your insurance company’s restoration company, either. Hire the contractor that suits your needs the best.

Step 3: Long-Term Rebuilding

Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to hire contractors for repairs and reconstruction. Make sure they are licensed, bonded, and experienced in fire damage restoration.

Before any reconstruction can begin, you'll need to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from local authorities, which can vary depending on where you’re located and how much rebuilding you have to do. Once all the plans are in place and permits are obtained, the actual construction can begin, which could include demolition of damaged areas and reconstruction of the building.

DRYmedic is Here to Help After a Home Fire

Experiencing a house fire is no doubt devastating. But with the help of fire restoration professionals like DRYmedic, you can get through this difficult time and navigate the recovery process successfully.

With time and patience, you can rebuild and restore your home with DRYmedic’s help. Call us today at (888) 462-0080 or contact us online.