Fire Damage Guide: What to Do & Who to Call

Fire Damage Guide: What to Do & Who to Call Monday, March 29, 2021

No matter how big or small, a fire in your home takes a heavy toll. Along with the loss of treasures and memories, you still have to put the pieces of your life back together. It is not easy to know who to call and what to do in the moments after a fire.

At True Builders, our team is here for you every step of the way. We’ve helped countless families in the Plant City, FL area recover from house fires since 2010. Here is our guide on the process of dealing with house fire damage, starting with the very first steps.


What to Do After a House Fire

Once you are safe, the first step is to call 911. Under no circumstances should you re-enter your home until firefighters have told you it is safe to do so. Even though a fire may appear to have gone out, it can restart without warning. Damage to your home's structure may also have made it unstable.

If you, your family, or your pets have any injuries, find transportation to the nearest hospital or vet immediately. Once they are taken care of, you should call your family and friends to let them know you are safe and find somewhere to stay.

Upon receiving the all-clear from a fire professional, contact your insurance company and a fire restoration company like ours to come and assess the damage. Once again, do not re-enter the home to retrieve any items or attempt to clean. We’ll need to document everything the way it is after the fire for insurance purposes.


Secure Your Property and Belongings

After the initial assessment, your insurance company may require you to board up any windows and doors to prevent looting. This will ensure your safety and well-being in the next couple of days ahead.

If you lost any important documents in the fire, such as your license, passport, or credit cards, take the appropriate steps to cancel and replace them as soon as possible. Do not attempt to recover any fire-safe boxes you may have in your home yourself. Fire professionals can get them for you.


Property Clean Up

Cleaning up after a fire is the most intensive part of the process and where our team will provide the most support. Our experienced fire restoration experts will go over the following with you before taking any action:

  • The effects of heat and smoke on your home
  • The loss of use and value of your home
  • Pros and cons of restoration vs. replacement of your home
  • Steps to take with your insurance to get you back on your feet quickly

At True Builders, we make the process as easy as possible. We understand that this is a tough time in your life. Our team will take care of the smoke damage and soot removal by cleaning and making repairs along the way.

The timing that the fire damage restoration process takes depends on the extent of the damage and what suppression methods firefighters used. We'll keep you updated throughout the entire process and provide any documentation your insurance company needs to cover temporary housing while we restore your home.


We Are the Top Fire Damage Restoration Company in Central Florida

Our crew specializes in fire restoration and complete-loss rebuilds. We serve Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and other areas in central Florida. You can trust us to handle all your restoration needs, including working directly with your insurance company.

We pride ourselves on the work we do to help our clients get back on their feet. Our caring and compassionate team will be with you every step of the way. If you’re dealing with fire damage or have lost your home due to a fire, give us a call at (863) 647-1800 to quickly get your life back on track.

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