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4 Things Business Owners Should Do After a Fire

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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To Get Things Started, Owners Should Complete The Following Four Steps

Business owners in Vickery Meadows, TX, face several obstacles after a blaze. The property has become a hazard with limited access, operations have halted and remediation must begin. It's an overwhelming situation. There is no downtime to dwell on these concerns. Fire restoration should begin as soon as possible. 

1. Speak With Your Insurer
Initiate a fire insurance claim. Call your agent immediately, discussing the details of the conflagration. Be clear about the time, date and circumstances. If the fire department provided you with contact information, be prepared to give the agent that as well. During the conversation, ask about your deductible, total coverage and any procedures they may require. When finished, write down conversation notes, and keep it on file for reference.

2. Board Up the Premises
Fire restoration companies can assist you in securing the building. The flamed destroyed various sections, creating openings in the walls and ceilings. On top of that, the fire crew may have busted open windows to increase ventilation. These gaps must be secured in order to safeguard valuables. Left alone, rain, animals and vandals would have access to your store.

3. Begin Cleanup Assessments
Have experts evaluate the amount of smoke cleaning required. The specialists should come in and inspect the rooms, determining how much has been harmed. Provide this report to insurance. Expect the insurer to send out their own inspector or adjuster as well to confirm the conditions.

4. Make a List of Concerns and Losses
With proper gear and the permission of work crews, walk around the facility. Note anything that has been impacted. Take photos of the scene, especially fixtures, electronics and assets that demand cleaning or replacement. Save the images, and email them to your agent.
These initial actions aid in expediting the remediation efforts. Be proactive. Remain in contact with your insurance agent. Fire restoration professionals can tend to security concerns and cleanup endeavors.

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