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4 Steps To Take After a Fire Damages the Roof

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building, window is boarded due to fire damage, roof has collapsed due to fire Fire damages the roof of an apartment building in Hazel Park, MI.

Take The Following Steps To Ease The Process

If your business in Hazel Park, MI, experiences a fire, the aftermath may feel a bit overwhelming. Along with likely needing a fire cleanup and restoration company to restore the insides, there is a good chance you will need also need a roof repair. Before helps arrives, there are steps to take to minimize the risk and help ensure a smoother claim process.

1. Call Your Insurer
When an unexpected incident happens to your property, your first call should be to your insurance company. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner the adjuster will be able to come to assess the situation. In the case of a fire, it is especially important because along with smoke and fire damage, there is likely water damage from extinguishing the flames that can lead to mold and other issues.

2. Verify It Is Safe
Before any type of fire cleanup can happen, the property should be inspected to ensure it is safe to enter. It is also important to wait several hours before entering in case there is lingering smoke or small flames smoldering.

3. Minimize the Damage
While the smoke and soot are best left to professionals, minimizing secondary damage is important and likely required by your insurer. There are tarp services that can temporarily seal off holes or damaged windows to reduce exposure to weather conditions. These services use industrial techniques to ensure moisture and critter don’t make their way in.

4. Replaced Damaged Shingles
Depending on how long it may take for repairs to start, it may be worth replacing any burned or damaged shingles to further prevent more damage from piling. It is important to check with your insurer before making any repairs, whether permanent or temporary.
A fire can feel chaotic and devastating. Although fire cleanup may require some time to complete, especially when a roof is involved, taking the above steps can ease the process.

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