After any fire incident, damages are at the order of the day; your property may be damaged at different levels: structure, basements, walls, doors, Windows, furniture and more. It is demanding to make a professional fire damage restoration that brings back the good condition and comfort at your property. At first moment you will have no a clear idea of the extension of the damages or what to do. And that is absolutely normal…afterwards you are not a professional on that field. But for those events, ALC is here to assist you during and after fire damage restoration. That is a really big task but it can be easily fulfilled with our opportune help.

What is considered fire damage?

Have you ever had a fire experience at home or were you closed to one and you had no idea about what to do? Or worst, you already had a fire at home? Well, fire damage is usually one of the most dangerous at home because your life is in danger and extension of damage is unpredictable. It can be just a little area destruction or your entire home if it is not controlled timely. But what is exactly known or what fire damage consists of? As fire damage insuranceopedia refers to“… the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage may be either directly caused by the flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire.” Damages can vary depending on the extension and origin of fire and also from the measures you are able to take in case of emergency. You can count on our specialized services of assistance to solve any issue after fire damage.

Fire can damage your property’s structure, basement, walls, doors, windows, furniture and more.. To estimate the extent of the damage you can connect with ALC, so we can get you in contact with our network of professionals that can provide you with free estimates and inspections. They will also support you in the process of filing an insurance claim to cover for all the damages. 

What is considered fire damage?

For insurance purposes fire damage is applicable to all structures that were directly impacted by flames or by smoke during a fire. Damages can vary depending on the extension and origin of fire and also from the measures you are able to take in case of emergency. You can count on our specialized services of assistance to solve any issue after fire damage.

What are the most common causes of house fires?

Electrical damages, too much lint in the dryer, cooking activities or Christmas decorations not handled carefully, may end in a huge fire at home. 

Electrical fire

Electricity and electrical appliances can cause multiple fires at home. They are really hard to deal with and are really invasive at home. Every year there are more than 45,000 home electrical fires in the U.S. and many of them are due to negligence in the use of electrical appliances and accessories. It is important to take into account the following:

  • Never plug a heat producing appliance to an extension cord; connect the appliance directly to a wall outlet.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance into a wall outlet at a time. Never plug a coffee maker and microwave in the same outlet.
  • Extension cords are only temporary electricity sources. If you need an extra outlet, have an electrician to install one where you need it.
  • Ask an electrician to do a general check-up of all your home electrical wiring, especially lamps. 3 of 5 electrical fires are related to lighting equipment or home electrical wiring.

There are some times of the year when electrical fire increases and those are from November to March. Be extremely careful during these months; pay special attention to HVAC and electrical installation in general. And the most dangerous time of the day is between midnight and 8 a.m.

Cooking fires

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and home injuries. There are some easy to follow general suggestions that will prevent any fire resulting from cooking:

  • Never leave the kitchen unattended. If you are cooking and you need to move away from the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Pay attention to the kitchen flame. Usually fires start when flame is too high. If you see smoke or grease start to boil, turn the burner off.
  • Place handles of pots or pans toward the back of the stove. One of the most common accidents is to 
  • Place towels or paw away from the flame of the stove. They might catch fire and cause major damages.

Always be careful when in the kitchen to prevent any fire damage and avoid to be burned you.

Holiday, Candle and Christmas tree fire

Candles start more than half of the home decoration fires in December. Good advice to avoid fire during Christmas or derived from Christmas decorations are:

  • Set your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
  • Unplug Christmas lights when you are away from home.

Any advice is never useless when talking about fire prevention.

What to do after a fire?

In relation to material damages, we strongly recommend you to check very carefully for structural damage because structure may fall and hurt you or your family. Also check the outside of your home before you enter; look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages. Outside damages indicate major problems inside. In case the front door is jammed, do not force it because the rest of the structure may fall down. If you smell gas, get away immediately and call the fire department. People, who have propane tank systems, must turn off all valves and contact your propane supplier. Check for smoke and embers all around home. Be careful about damaged stairs or furniture, they may fall down and hurt you.

ALC has a vast network of professionals that can take you through an easy and solid recovery process. We can instruct you about what to do immediately after fire events, how to manage the recovery process and any other part of the process like restoration services. Our mission is to facilitate the procedure and decision making.

Do I Need to Get Restoration Services After Fire Damage?

Immediately after fire is extinguished and the fire department has verified the property, fire damage restoration must be performed. We can provide you with different companies that will conduct the restoration and bill your insurance directly so there is no out of pocket cost to you besides your deductible. 

In regards to fire damage restoration, we can help you with:

  • Supervision of damages after fire. We will send a professional inspector to evaluate the extent of the damages.
  • Evaluation of damage restoration services. The inspector will recommend the restoration services that will be needed.
  • Hiring a suitable restoration company. Depending on the evaluation, we will provide a list of insured and licensed companies that can help you restore your property back to its original state. Debris, soot and smoke odor are important to be removed after fire.
  • Replacement of walls, doors, windows, carpentry and more is evaluated

No matter how big or little the fire damage was, our assistance will provide you an excellent result. The highly professional help provided by our team can take charge of all the restoration service. Besides fire damage, putting out the fire might also bring water damage. Our team will also evaluate damages derived from water. You can have a comprehensive assistance service to reach the best fire damage restoration. We will also recommend a public adjuster that can help you with your insurance claim and evaluation of your coverage.

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