When the unthinkable happens and your home catches fire not only will fire and smoke cause an extraordinary amount of damage, but the water to put the fire out is now puddled on the floor and all your possessions are soaked. Hopefully, you, your family, and your pets are all safe! The only things you have to focus on are the immediate and long term problems at hand. Where you will sleep tonight? What you will do for clothing? How are you ever going to replace your things? How long are you going to be without a home? It’s very common to feel overwhelmed by the mess left in the wake of disaster.
What would you do you do next? Do you have a plan in place?
A simple advanced plan can be a comfort during a stressful time. 3Rs Construction suggests you keep two important phone numbers stored on your phone for home emergencies. Call them in this order:
1. A local contractor you can trust
2. Your homeowner’s insurance agent
Why do you need to call a contractor first? Most likely, the fire has exposed your home to weather, pests, curious people, and vandals. The last thing you need is a family of raccoons moving in or a neighbor injuring themselves on loose boards, adding a potential lawsuit on top of your existing problems.
If you’re in the Salem, Oregon area, having an existing relationship with a trusted contractor like 3Rs Construction is a great place to start. A proactive and savvy way to be prepared is to choose a contractor who has the experience needed to make your home secure and prevent additional damage from occurring. 3Rs Construction has that experience!
Depending on the severity of fire and water damage we may need to tarp your roof, board up windows, and cover exterior wall damage. Each situation is unique and your contractor will want to make sure your home is secure and accessible for your insurance provider to assess your situation without disturbing important evidence before the repair process begins.
3Rs Construction can work with your insurance provider to evaluate the amount of damage that exists and help the adjuster provide enough support to make the needed repairs as quickly as possible. Our goal is to make the traumatic experience of fire damage and restoration as painless for you as possible.
Other Important Things to Consider with Fire and Water Damage
Unfortunately, a fire can trigger a chain reaction that causes even more damage. Exposed pipes can break and cause additional flooding; water used to put the fire out will seep into walls and flooring leaving your home vulnerable to mold and rot; gas and electrical lines can be compromised creating other hazards in the future. It is important to address all of these potential issues with your contractor. 3Rs Construction Management LLC has the experienced team you will need to make sure wet materials are removed and that your home dries properly. If mold becomes a problem, 3Rs is a qualified remediation contractor.
It’s all in our 3Rs name: Repair, Remodel, and Remediation. We would like to be the contractor listed in your phone for your fire follow-up plan and for any other home projects and repairs you may need.
REMEMBER, prevention is the best deterrent to a fire!
- Install smoke detectors throughout your home
- Replace batteries in your smoke detectors annually
- Keep your dryer vent lines clean
- Keep candles away from flammable objects like bedding and curtains.
- Do regular maintenance on your wood burning fireplaces and chimneys
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen and garage
- If you smoke, make sure ashes are contained
- Update outdated wiring and/or repair wiring damage