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The Recovery Process after a fire takes time. The recovery process is not only getting items cleaned up and restored, it’s about personal recovery and emotional healing too.

After a fire in a home or apartment many of the items in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. Other items that were not burned up may now ruined by smoke and water used to put out the flames. Items will need to be properly cleaned before they can be used.

You may also find damage caused by firefighters who may have cut holes in the walls or roof of the building to look for any hidden flames. Cleanup and recovery will take both time and patience. At MicroTech we provide fire damage restoration services to people who may have experienced fires in Jacksonville and surrounding North Florida areas. We also offer some consultation services that go above and beyond just cleaning up and repairing the damage.

It is highly important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful before returning to your home and or touching any fire-damaged items.

Tips For Recovering After a Fire

Get Assistance with Disaster Relief Service

Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army to find a place to stay for awhile, food, clothing, medicine and other potential needs.

Help your pets Recover from a Fire

If you have pets, try leaving the pets with a family member, friend, or veterinarian if you are visiting or cleaning your damaged home. Be sure to keep your pets out of the house until house has been professionally cleaned and determined safe.

Security and safety When Leaving Your Home After a Fire

Until the fire department as cleared your building safe for re-entry do not enter a damaged home or apartment. Your fire department will check your utility services (water, electricity, and gas) to ensure that they are safe to use. Do not try to turn them back on any items that the fire department has disconnected for safety reasons. Find more info on your local fire department at FireDepartment.net.

Contact your insurance agent TO Discuss your Fire Insurance Policy

Be sure to contact your insurance company or insurance agent soon after a fire and ask them what to do about the immediate needs of your home.

You may require services such as pumping out water and covering doors, windows, and other openings. MicroTech does offer water extraction & water damage remediation services. We can also help provide guidance when working with insurance companies.

If you are un-insured or do not have Fire Insurance you may find more assistance at places including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Religious Organizations
  • Public Health Department
  • Community Groups
  • State or Municipal Emergency Services Office
  • Nonprofit Crisis-Counseling Centers

Review Your Finances AFTER A FIRE

  • Be sure to let people that may be involved with your living space such your landlord or mortgage lender know about the fire as soon as possible.
  • Contact your credit card company to report credit cards lost in the fire and request replacements.
  • Save all receipts for any money you spend. These receipts are important in showing the insurance company what money you have spent concerning your fire loss. This will help prove you bought things you may want to claim on your income tax forms.

If you need additional resources or recommendations on how to get recover or restore your life after a fire OR you need assistance with repairing damage caused by a fire from your home, please contact us at MicroTech (904-448-1030), we are here to help.

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