What should you do after a fire?
In the event that your home or business suffers fire damage or smoke damage, contact your insurance agent/company as soon as possible to report the incident. Ask the insurance company what to do about the immediate needs of the dwelling, such as boarding up doors/windows, and pumping out water. It is typically the policyholder’s responsibility to secure their property and prevent any further damage.
There are a number of important things to consider during and after your conversation with your agent/insurance company. Lindstrom Restoration has been a trusted partner for victims of fire damage for over 60 years. We are here to help and are available to answer any of your questions or concerns. We work with ALL insurance companies and can manage your loss from emergency board-up to final completion.
Call Lindstrom Cleaning & Construction, Inc. immediately at 763.544.8761 (Toll Free: 1.877.544.8761). We will dispatch our crew to assess and stabilize your home or business. If necessary we will arrange other emergency services including plumbing disconnects, clearing/securing electrical circuits, temporary lighting/heating, drying devices, and other considerations.
After the Fire:
Do Not enter the damaged site without speaking with the fire and/or police department. Fires can rekindle from hidden, smoldering remains.
If you are allowed access back into your home or business, be mindful of structural damage caused by the fire. Roofs and floors may be damaged and subject to collapse.
Food, beverages, and medicine exposed to heat, smoke, soot, or water should not be consumed.
Begin to save all receipts for any money you spend immediately. These receipts are important in showing the insurance company what you have spent related to your fire loss. Receipts can also be used for verifying losses claimed on your taxes.
If it is safe to do so or if emergency personnel can assist you, try to locate the following:
- Identification such as drivers licenses, passports, and social security cards
- Cellular phones, laptops, and/or tablets
- Insurance information
- Medication information
- Valuables such as jewelry, credit cards, cash, and bank documents
Notify the following parties:
- Your insurance agent/company
- Your mortgage company
- Your family and friends
- Your employer
- Your child’s school
- Your post office
- Any delivery services/home services
- Your fire and police departments
- Your utility companies
Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
Remember, it is your choice as to who you work with to inventory/restore your property. Please contact our team with any questions or concerns along the way.