cypress fire damage restorationHouston fire damage restoration crews save thousands, if not millions of dollars of property every year. The steps taken are almost identical in each scenario and each step corresponds to a specific aspect of fire damages. The moment that the structure has been cleared for re-entry, Houston’s fire damage restoration experts should begin the restoration process.

If the professionals have yet to arrive, there are a few items you can do to make their job easier when they do arrive.

1) Immediately Check Your Identification Paperwork
Some of the most important documents in any of our lives are our identification paperwork. Meaning your birth certificates, passports, and other documents that tell the government who you are and if you’re a U.S. citizen. Ensure that these papers are free of damages and in a safe and secure location.

2) Ventilate Everything
Open every window, turn on fans, and generally get the air moving inside your damaged property as quickly as possible. The sooner you can relieve your property of smoke, the less structures and items it will be absorbed into.

3) Take Notes
Now is the time to go through your home and take inventory of all the damaged items. The more detailed you are, the easier it is for the insurance company to reimburse you the correct amount of money for damages. If possible take video or pictures of damaged items and include the receipts for any expensive items.

4) Move Durable Items Out
Anything you have that is clearly unharmed and will not be affected by weathering, move them outside. Not only will you avoid soot from accumulating on these items, it will give the restoration crew more room to operate in.

Once you’ve done these items, you’ve done everything you can and it’s time to hand over the work to the professionals. When you need Houston fire damage restoration services, trust the experts at ServiceMaster Advantage. We specialize in Houston commercial disaster restoration, and we’ll be able to restore any business facility or residential home from Houston smoke and  fire damages.