After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.
Reentering your home after a fire can be risky even if the fire has been completely put out. Your home could have sustained unseen structural damage as a result of both the fire and the water that was used to put it out. Standing water in the home interior can be a particularly dangerous situation because of the risk of electrocution. Here's what you should do in the hours following a household fire.
Call Your Insurance Company
Calling your insurance company as soon as possible after the fire will help to get the ball rolling on any insurance claim that you might file as a result of the fire. At this time, you should inquire if they have any particular recommendations for water damage restoration companies in your area. Insurance companies often have specific preferences for providers of these types of services based on reliability and performance history. You'll probably receive higher quality work from a company referred by your homeowners' insurance provider than from one you pick randomly from local listings.
Call Your Local Electric Company
Your local electric company will be able to safely shut off the power to your home so that it can be entered without the risk of electrocution. If there is standing water in your home, they will probably opt to turn it off from the power pole rather than enter the home itself to turn off the main breaker.
Wear Protective Clothing
After you've gotten the OK from the power company to enter the premises, put on protective clothing before going inside. A face mask will protect you from breathing any residual harmful fumes left behind by the fire, and a good pair of goggles will protect your eyes. Boots, gloves, and thick clothing will help keep you safe from glass and other objects that may have broken during the fire.
Open the Doors and Windows
Open all doors and windows while you're waiting for a professional water damage restoration company like Flagship Restoration to arrive. Mold and mildew can begin growing in as little as 24 hours, and air circulation is one of the most effective tools for keeping it in check. You can help to promote good air circulation by placing fans in various parts of the home if the electric company has told you that your household power is safe to use.
After you've opened doors and windows and possibly put fans into operation, the best thing to do next is to simply wait for the arrival of the professionals.Share