Dealing With Fire Damage

Dealing With Fire Damage

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Why do bad things happen to good homeowners? Owning a home can be very fulfilling, but it often involves unexpected costs. Unfortunately, wildfires are a common occurrence in Colorado. Insurance companies paid around $450 in wildfire damages in 2012. Even though we haven’t seen such severe fires since then, there is still a risk your home may be in nature’s path. Here is a short guide on how to deal with fire damage.

Dealing With A Fire

You’re on your way home from a late afternoon shopping trip when you round the corner of your street and see the flashing red lights of emergency vehicles in front of your home. Fire hoses snake from a hydrant down the street and two heavy-jacketed and helmeted figures are spraying water on a back corner of your house.

After fighting down a wave of panic, you run toward the house, trying to control the fear that everything inside is destroyed. Fortunately, you were lucky this time, the house is still intact. One of the helmeted figures sees you standing there and walks over as he unbuckles his chin strap. He tells you you there is damage to the laundry room, the adjoining bath and some of the family room.

Once the firefighters are gone, you have some tough decisions to make. Of course before you begin any cleanup, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible so they can document the damage. Will you tackle the cleanup yourself? Maybe the damage is so extensive that you will need a professional restoration and cleaning company. If the damage is light and limited to one room, you likely can start cleaning up on your own after calling your insurance agent. Some ways to clean up smoke damage are:

  • Start out with a wet/dry shop vacuum to clean up soot and chemical foam from extinguishers. Open windows and door to circulate air through the home. Carpets, clothing, and furniture will require professional cleaning to remove the smoke damage.
  • Although the insurance company will refer you to companies that specialize in these kinds of cleanup, it’s likely they won’t be able to get started for a few days. If you can get a head start and make the home livable, you’ll minimize the disruption to your life.
  • Dry cleaning sponges work well for removing soot particles from latex paint surfaces. Start on the ceilings and work down. When the sponge surface becomes saturated, simply scrape it off. For oil-based paints, vinyl wallpaper, and greasy kitchen fires, use a sponge and a grease-dissolving cleaner or detergent.
  • If the home is unlivable, you’ll need to board up broken windows and other holes. Remove as many valuables as you can and consider hiring a security service to keep an eye on the home.

Sometimes the trauma of a fire can be too much to take for homeowners. After dealing with such a traumatic experience, you may not want to deal with trying to get your home back in order. Also, If insurance doesn’t cover the damage, you may not be able to make the needed repairs to your home.

Fortunately, there are investors who may be able to help. If you have fire damage to your home and need to sell, White Sands Property Solutions may be able to purchase your home. Contact us today to see how we can help.

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