Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rebuilding After A Home Fire

 Never Attempt Fire Damage Cleanup Yourself

A home fire is a devastating loss.  Not only is the actual structure of you home damaged but personal property including irreplaceable pictures, keepsakes and heirlooms. 
 
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The first thing you will need to do is call your insurance company, and the second is find a contractor that specializes in fire and flood restoration.  If you've been hit by a catastrophic loss due to water, fire, or a storm, Unique Properties of Dallas TX is uniquely qualified to get your home fully restored and even improved in the process. We can be reached at             214 533-0716.   We immediately contact your insurance company so that we are able to co-ordinate everything with them.

We sit down with you to determine a plan of action for getting your home back to perfect condition. Sometimes you may want to make lemonade out of one of life's lemons. We can provide potential ways that you can change or improve the damaged portions of your home within the framework of the insurance adjustment. Or in some cases you may find it advantageous to add some funds to the project for a major overhaul.

We will work with all government and insurance agencies so that you don't have to.   Since 1986, Unique Properties has been delivering quality restorations on time, within budget, and with a minimum of disruption to your life. Click here to visit our web site. We are located at 11300 N. Central Expy, Dallas, TX,75243.
 
A few tips for House Fire Restoration can be found in this article at Superpages.com  Click here for the entire article.
 

Do’s and Don’ts for House Fire Restoration

After a house fire, it is essential that you begin house fire restoration as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home. However, this can often be difficult, as your home is likely not safe for you to enter after a fire. Depending on the extent of the fire and water damage to your home, the structure of you home may have sustained damage, and there may be electrical hazards that can pose great danger to you and your family. Therefore, it is always best to contact a professional fire damage contractor to handle house fire restoration. Even if you do this, however, it can be helpful to know some basic do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind after a fire to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home.
 
Do’s for House Fire Restoration

  • Contact your homeowners’ insurance agent immediately after a house fire.
  • Contact a professional restoration company to begin the cleanup, repair, and restoration process.
  • Find a restoration company that works directly with your insurance company to ensure the best settlement possible.

It is extremely important that you contact your homeowners’ insurance agent directly after a house fire, as time is of the essence when dealing with fire and water damage. Mold and mildew can begin growing within 24 hours after a house fire, so it is essential to begin the house fire restoration process as soon as possible. It is always best to contact a professional restoration company that works directly with your insurance company, as this ensures the two companies have a working relationship and are likely to come to a reasonable settlement so you have as few out-of-pocket costs as possible. It also guarantees the company you hire employs reputable contractors that operate using solid business practices and do everything they can to work with your specific needs.
 
Don’ts for House Fire Restoration

  • Do not enter your home after a house fire.
  • Do not attempt fire damage cleanup yourself.
  • Do not tamper with anything in or around your home after a fire.


You should never enter your home directly after a house fire, as this can damage your home further and cause unnecessary danger to you and your family. It is also dangerous for you to attempt house fire restoration yourself, as doing so requires professional-grade equipment most homeowners do not have and expertise that only a professional fire restorer has. You should also avoid tampering with anything in or around your home after a house fire, as this can negatively influence your insurance company’s estimate if they are unable to examine everything in its original state.

House fire restoration is something you should always leave to a professional restoration company, as they have the proper tools, expertise, and experience necessary to handle any job. For more information about things you should and should not do after a house fire, it can be helpful to contact a professional restoration company.
 
The following information on repairing you home after a fire can be found on ehow.com 

How to Repair an Old House After a Fire

 


Correcting the damage of a house fire will require that you engage a builder to help assess the damage. Inspect every crevice of the home's foundation, living areas and attic spaces. Never cover up damage, but strive to cut away all damaged wood and other materials before you begin renovation. Use the reconstruction as an opportunity to upgrade the home's wiring and other features. This type of major repair project requires hands-on assistance from experienced carpenters  and other professionals. 
Things You'll Need
Fire inspection
Insurance paperwork
Master carpenter

    Instructions

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    Hire a professional builder to be on site as you inspect the damage. Ask your local fire department to assist as well. Your insurance company will have key personnel to work with you, since they will have criteria for paying for it. Gain an overview of how much damage will need repair and how far your budget or insurance coverage will stretch. A major repair is not a do-it-yourself project, but you should take on the responsibility of watching the work unfold. No one will watch after your interests more than you in such a project.
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  •  Get a renovation building permit and talk with the power company about safety issues. A construction supervisor should oversee cutting away damage at each entryway. Never go inside and start removing walls or framework. Start by tearing off sections from the exterior. This may require having a contractor use a jackhammer, or even a bulldozer. Masonry siding may require nothing more than a sledgehammer and a crowbar. Hire workers to help you saw away minor pieces of charred wood or haul off debris, but leave major wall removal up to professionals. Hire a master carpenter to build both temporary and permanent support framework as you tear away burned materials.
  •  Examine the home’s foundation. Replace any foundational materials such as cinder blocks and concrete footings before you start to repair the living areas. Move into the interior of the house and inspect attic spaces above rooms. A master carpenter will need to build overhead support beams and side support beams in damaged load-bearing walls, which hold up the weight of the building. 
  • Repair the exterior of the house first. Replace all roofing materials and windows to protect the interior of the home from rain. Ask all building professionals involved to inspect the interior before you begin removing drywall, insulation and electrical wiring from burned areas. Pay a master carpenter to build wall framing, floor joists and attic support framework to replace burned materials. Offer to provide labor in installing drywall, painting or installing flooring if you are competent in those areas. Ask your insurance company if you can provide these services to save money. Every insurance agency works differently. 
  • Carve out room in your budget for a new breaker box and new wiring. Never leave old electrical materials in a home that has caught fire. Hire an electrician to replace all light fixtures and electrical outlets and reconnect all wiring. New roll-type fiberglass insulation will need to be placed in exterior wall framing and attic spaces. Reduce expenses by trying to salvage kitchen and bath fixtures and cabinetry, if your budget is tight. Pay professionals to do all upgraded electrical and plumbing connections.

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