After a fire or flood, homeowners are left wondering what they have to do to get their home back in working order and who will help them. The last thing you need is more stress. This short guide will help you understand the flood and fire mitigation process. This will help with what steps you can take to restore your home back to its former glory.
So your home has fire or flood damage. Now what?
Therefore, the first step to getting your house back to order is reaching out to our team directly or to your property insurance agent. If you reach out to us first, we can answer any mitigation questions you may have. We also coordinate with your agent so we can bill your insurance directly.
Once you or your insurance agent has requested a service call, we will send out a team of restoration experts to assess the damage. This allows us to determine what the extent of the damage is. This also helps determine if we’ll need any specialized tools or equipment to repair and restore the property. After we’ve assessed the damage and have a plan for restoring the property, we connect with your insurance company (or you if you’re dealing directly with us) and discuss the timeline for completion.
After the inspection, we get to work.
Step 1. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may have to secure the home before we begin the actual restoration process. In the industry, it’s referred to as “boarding up” because in some cases (like a raging fire) we literally have to board up broken doors and windows. The idea is to keep out anything or anyone who may cause additional damage to the already compromised structure.
Step 2. The next step is the same whether we’re dealing with flood damage or fire damage. We start with water cleanup. It might sound funny to associate water cleanup with a fire, but if you think about it, anytime a fire crew is called out to battle a blaze, they douse the burning structure in water. And usually a lot of it.
If it is a fire we’re dealing with, once we remove any standing water and excess moisture, we can begin to address the more direct outcomes of the fire. Outcomes like smoke and soot damage. After we’ve cleaned up the smoke smell and soot, we can get started restoring the property.
If it’s a flood, the process is similar – water damage mitigation. We jump right in and deal with the most immediate problems first (standing water and moisture). Once we have effectively stopped any ongoing damage, we can move on to the restoration stages.
Step 3. Once the moisture, smoke, and soot damage is dealt with, we begin removing debris and repairing structural issues.
Step 4. After the debris are removed and structural repairs have been made, we begin restoring your home and recreating its original feel by making cosmetic repairs. There’s a lot that falls under the umbrella of “cosmetic”. However, some examples of more common repairs would be replacing drywall, paint, flooring, and fixtures.
This last step is equally as important as the structural repair stage, and we take it very seriously. Cosmetic repair is a big part of what allows people to return to their home or business with some sense of normalcy and relief. It makes your property look more like you remember, and that’s priceless after a disaster.
Do you have specific questions about fire or flood damage to your home or business? Contact our team today https://www.umpiremitigation.com, and we’ll answer your questions and do everything we can to help you get your property back to normal.