Smoke & Soot Damage Restoration
Fire is extremely dangerous and can quickly destroy a structure and claim lives. What may surprise you is that smoke poses a greater risk to property and lives. Fire smoke kills far more people than flames and it can damage your property in a number of ways. Smoke from a fire contains carbon monoxide and soot among other harmful chemicals. This smoke can be inhaled and absorbed into furniture, walls and everything within your home or business. It is important to understand the behavior of smoke during a fire to properly handle smoke cleanup. Time is extremely important in minimizing further smoke damage. If you live in the Suffolk County or Nassau County areas, and your home or business has experienced fire smoke damage, you should immediately contact G-tech restoration for a free estimate. A project manager will promptly come to your home or business to handle the estimate. We are also licensed and insured. Our company has a team of professionals on standby ready to serve you. We simply offer the best fire smoke damage cleanup in the Long Island area. Below are some important things to know about fire smoke damage insurance claims.
Thoroughly Document Fire and Smoke Damage
It is important to know exactly what your insurance policy covers in the event of a fire. With that said, you should first document in detail all your losses and damages after a fire. Your documented list should include the date of loss, type of loss or damage, the location of the damage, injuries, persons involved, condition of the home or business, damaged items description, police and fire report and whether repairs or replacements are necessary. Most insurance companies require that you contact them immediately after a loss, so make sure that you know the requirement for your policy. Also, it is important to create some type of filing system to save all of your evidence and correspondence documents. All emails should also be saved.
Understand Your Fire Smoke Coverage
Your homeowner’s or business insurance policy should cover all fire-related damage. If your home or business is completely destroyed, the insurance company should pay to rebuild it. Smoke damage will basically affect everything in your home or business. In many cases, furniture and other belongings will have to be thrown out. Soot can accumulate in hidden places and it is dangerous to your health. G-tech Restoration located in Long Island has technicians trained to inspect for soot damage.
Professional Fire and Smoke Cleaning Service
Fire smoke damage cleanup should always be handled by professionals. If you live in the Long Island area, G-Tech Restoration can handle all of your smoke cleanup needs. Most insurance companies will pay for professional cleaning services. It is simply not safe to clean your home or business after fire smoke damage. Smoke and its contaminants can have harmful chronic effects on your health. G-Tech professionals have specialized personal protective equipment to guard them against smoke hazards. We also have cleaners and other equipment that homeowners or businesses in areas such as Suffolk County or Nassau County don’t have access to. In many cases, home or business owners will attempt to clean up smoke damage and make the problem worse. Having professionals do the job will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on other important issues during this difficult time.
Contact a Public Adjuster
Your insurance company is solely interested in paying the minimum amount to settle your claim. In some instances, insurance policies may deny or limit the smoke damage coverage. The language detailing the coverage can also be ambiguous. If your home has smoke damage that exceeds approximately $10,000, a public adjuster can help you solve insurance coverage issues.
Ideally, you would like to avoid a fire altogether. Below are some ways to prevent fires in your home.
Smoke detectors are the first line of defense in fire prevention for your home. They should be installed in or near every room in your home. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, and the batteries should be replaced at least once a year. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the entire detector every 10 years. Smoke detectors should never be disabled for any reason.
Fire extinguishers should be staged throughout your home. How many you have will depend on the size and design of your property. The idea here is to be able to quickly access the extinguisher from anywhere in the home. Fire extinguishers are ideal for preventing large fires. They should be checked regularly for proper operation.
A large number of fires occur in the kitchen. Never leave cooking appliances unattended. Once you have finished cooking, ensure the appliances are turned off. Don’t rely strictly on timers or buzzers when cooking. Keep clothing, paper products, and other materials away from hot appliances.
Clothes Dryer Fires
Lint from clothes dryers is very flammable and is the cause of many house fires. Your clothes dryer should be kept clean and in good condition. The exhaust pipe should also be kept clean and unobstructed. The lint filter should be cleaned after every load. It is best to do a few smaller loads than one big load. Overloading your dryer can lead to excessive prolonged heat and increased lint buildup.
Flammable liquids are another common source of house fires. Many of these liquids such as gasoline or certain adhesives have high flashpoints. These type of liquids can start fires from high temperatures, static electricity or simple sparks. To prevent fires, keep these liquids away from an ignition source, preferably in an outside ventilated storage area.
Fires from Smoking
Smoking accidents are the source of many house fires. You should never smoke indoors. Even if you smoke outside, ensure that the cigarette butts are completely out and wet ashtrays with water. Fires can easily start from the outside and burn down your home.
Portable Space Heaters Fires
Portable space heaters are helpful and convenient during the winter, but they must be used correctly to prevent fires. Always follow the manufacturer instructions for your specific heater. The heater should not be left unattended or left on overnight. Although some heaters are designed to turn off if they fall over, always keep them on a flat surface.