Baytown and Channelview Home Safety: How To Recover Quickly From a Fire – SERVPRO Answers Your Questions
If your Houston area home is damaged by a fire, it is natural to be overwhelmed and uncertain how to begin the fire damage restoration process. At SERVPRO of Baytown & Channelview, we understand how devastating your loss is, and how important it is to quickly restore your home to its pre-fire condition. We stand at the ready 24 hours a day to assist you when disaster strikes your home.
Our highly trained fire restoration specialists find that many homeowners have the same questions after a fire. Here, we answer the most common questions asked in the hours and days after a devastating loss.
When is it safe to enter my home after a fire?
When the fire department leaves your property, they will tell you if it is currently safe to enter your home, or if you should wait until further inspection of the structure can be completed. Always heed their counsel; while your home may appear safe, walls, ceilings, and floors may be at risk of collapse. Put your safety first.
How much will it cost to restore my home after a fire?
There is no definitive answer to this question. The expense of cleaning up water and smoke damage, as well as repairing any structural issues, varies significantly from property to property. A small kitchen fire may cost $2,000-$3,000 to restore, while a garage fire may run in the neighborhood of $15,000-$25,000. Larger fires affecting multiple rooms can be significantly more expensive. Fortunately, in the vast majority of the local cases Houston SERVPRO services, homeowners insurance policies cover the majority of restoration costs.
Where can I stay? My home is unlivable after the fire.
Contact the Red Cross immediately after a fire. They work with homeowners and renters to find temporary housing, and can provide for immediate needs, including clothing and toiletries.
What will my insurance policy cover?
That depends on your homeowners insurance policy. Contact your insurance company immediately to find out what exactly is covered, and to start the process of cleanup and restoration. In addition to the cleaning and restoration of your home, your policy may cover costs associated with temporary living expenses. Keep all receipts for food, lodging, rental cars, etc., to submit with your claim.
How will my home be secured after a fire?
After the fire department leaves, it is up to you to secure your property. For help with this difficult process, the Houston SERVPRO team can board up your home after fire damages your Houston area home to deter vandals and thieves, and to prevent further storm damage.
How do I replace my important papers lost in the fire?
When a fire moves quickly through a home, important documents including driver’s licenses, property titles, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees are often destroyed. Replacements can be ordered from the local agencies where originally issued. If documents are water damaged, the Houston SERVPRO team may be able to dry and restore them for you. Ask your fire restoration team leader for more information.
Where do I begin the emergency restoration process?
The first step is for a restoration team to do a full analysis of the property, after the fire department has deemed it safe to enter. The SERVPRO team will inventory each room and note all smoke and water damage to the structure, as well as itemizing your belongings in each room. Our team understands how important it is to quickly restore photos, family heirlooms, and other keepsakes. If you have any items you want our team to keep an eye out for during our initial inspection or during the cleaning and restoration process, please just let us know.
How soon can I be back in my home after a fire?
This depends on the level of damage caused by the fire, smoke, and water. You may be displaced from your home for several days, or it may take a couple of months for your home to be brought back to pre-loss condition.
Either way, home fires are devastating and we understand that it can be overwhelming. Please know that your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO team is here for you, whenever disaster strikes. Our team is available 24 hours a day, with the training, expertise, and tools necessary to bring your home back to pre-fire condition. Contact us immediately after a fire; the sooner we can start the process, the sooner you and your family can get back your lives.
About Baytown and Channelview SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Baytown and Channelview are Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen. In addition to Baytown and Channelview, we also proudly serve surrounding communities.