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3 Steps to Take After Your Sioux City, IA, Home Has Suffered Fire Damage

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Your Sioux City, IA, home has experienced a fire. Thankfully it doesn’t look too bad, but it’s obvious there’s damage that needs to be repaired. Do you known what to do if your home suffers fire damage? ServiceMaster of Sooland wants to help you be prepared with these fire damage response steps:

  1. Determine if the home is secure and stable.

This step is generally done by the fire department or other qualified professionals. Entering a damaged home that isn’t stable can result in serious injuries or further damage to the home.

  1. Examine the damage.

You need to examine the damage and overall “health” of your home. Is the damage treatable? How many areas need work, and how many have been spared?

  1. Take stock of your belongings.

Make a list of all your belongings, whether they’ve suffered fire damage or not, and if they’ve been damaged, what type of damage they’ve incurred. This is beneficial for your insurance company, and documenting the damage with pictures is also helpful.

ServiceMaster of Sooland is ready to help all Sioux City, IA, area residents when it comes to fire damage restoration. Fire damage restoration needs to start immediately after the fire damage occurs. Smoke clings to the walls and ceilings, settles into the carpet and air ducts, causes discoloration, and creates a smell that permeates the dwelling. Smoke damage cleanup includes HVAC cleaning to ensure the air vents and duct work are cleaned to remove all smoke, soot, and debris.

Soot removal is another service that is critical to fire damage cleanup. As the soot settles into your belongings in your Sioux City, IA, home it combines with the water used to put out the fire. This mixture creates a coating that causes secondary damage to your belongings and home. This coating also causes corrosion to items and creates a thick substance on walls that’s difficult to remove.

Cleaning up fire damage is hard work that requires dedication and the right techniques. For any and all fire damage cleanup needs in Sioux City, IA, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call immediately at (402) 494-3188.

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