If your home has suffered from any kind of fire damage, you are going to want to go through the fire damage restoration process, which should be carried out by professionals especially if you are going to file a claim with your insurance company. This way, the fire damage is successfully restored and you receive compensation that will cover the professional fees and thorough clean up provided. In order to help make this process go as smoothly as possible, you should avoid the following four things:
- Don't Wipe Any Surfaces: All the soot that is left on the surfaces may seem like something you can easily wipe up. The problem with this is that it can actually cause more damage because soot is so thick and requires more than just wiping away to thoroughly remove it. Plus, if the fire is being investigated by the insurance company, they are going to want to look at the patterns of the fire damage and the wiping of surfaces can interfere with this process, possibly taking away your right to receive compensation.
- Don't Walk on the Carpet or Sit on the Furniture: Any furniture or carpeting that was affected by the fire should be blocked off completely from use. Not only does this mean you are going to be inhaling the harmful soot and ash in the air by being in contact with these items, but it can also interfere with the fire inspection done by the insurance company.
- Don't Use Any Food that was Exposed to the Fire: If the fire occurred in the kitchen, all food items that were affected need to be removed. Eating this food can be harmful to you and your family's health.
- Don't Use Electronics: Any electronics in the vicinity of the fire also needs to be avoided and not used. This can be extremely dangerous and can even lead to another fire. Until the professional fire damage restoration has been done, these electronics are not safe to use. You may even have to replace them, and they can potentially be compensated for by your insurance company.
Since the fire has occurred in your home, you may feel it necessary to do some of the clean up yourself, but it's highly important you avoid the above four things. Besides, leaving it to the professionals ensures that your home will definitely become inhabitable again. Plus, it avoids the problem of possibly interfering with insurance inspections.