Electrical Fire Damage: 5 Steps to Take to Speed Up Recovery
Having a restoration company like SERVPRO in your corner can help make electrical fire damage disappear!
The professionals at SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties understand that an electrical fire can be a frightening experience. Not only is there the potential for extensive damage to your property, but there is also a guarantee that your personal belongings could be lost or damaged. We have seen electrical fires occur for several reasons, but the most common causes include:
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Overloaded electrical circuits
- Extension cords
- Appliance malfunctions
When an electrical fire occurs, you will want to take steps to ensure that your home or business is back in its pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible. This blog post will discuss five steps you can take to speed up the restoration process.
What is an electrical fire?
Electrical fires are a type of fire caused by electrical wiring or equipment. These fires can be hazardous and can cause extensive damage to your property. The best way to prevent electrical fires is to ensure that your electrical wiring and equipment are in good condition and are not overloaded.
Five steps to take when an electrical fire occurs
You will want to prioritize your family's safety when an electrical fire occurs. Once you have done that, you can focus on the steps needed to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. The following steps are recommended to start the restoration process quickly and to save your damaged belongings:
Step 1. Call the Fire Department
The first step you should take when an electrical fire occurs is to call the fire department. Electrical fires can be hazardous, and you must have professional help to put out the fire and ensure safety.
Step 2. Evacuate the premises
Once the fire department has been notified, you will need to evacuate the premises. You and your family must leave the area immediately and go to a safe place.
Step 3. Shut off the power
It is essential to shut off the power to reduce the risk of further damage.
Step 4. Contact a fire restoration company
The next step is to call a fire restoration company. Electrical fires can cause extensive damage to your property, and it's essential to have a professional help you restore your home or business.
Step 5. Contact your insurance company
If your home suffers any damage from an electrical fire, contact your insurance company. They will be able to help you with the claims process and provide you with the financial assistance you need.
Our electrical fire restoration process
As you have learned in step four, calling a restoration company is crucial as soon as possible after an electrical fire occurs. SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will respond quickly to your electrical fire emergency. Our electrical fire restoration process includes the following steps:
- Inspection and assessment: The first step in our electrical fire restoration process is to inspect and assess the damage. The fire damage assessment will help us determine the best action to restore your property.
- Board-up and tarp-over services: If necessary, we will provide board-up and tarp-over services to secure your property. These services will help prevent further damage and protect your property from the elements.
- Electrical system repair: Repairing your electrical system is essential to avoid another electrical fire. Common electrical repairs include replacing electrical wiring, outlets, and switches.
- Fire damage cleaning: Once the electrical repairs are complete, we will begin fire damage cleaning. Deep fire damage cleaning will remove any smoke and soot from your property.
- Rebuild: The final step in our electrical fire restoration process is to rebuild your property to its pre-fire condition. They may involve drywall repairs, painting, and structural rebuilds.
We hope you enjoyed learning the steps you need to take if an electrical fire occurs in your home or business. Remember that the first thing you should do when an electrical fire occurs is to call the fire department and evacuate the premises. Then, once the fire is extinguished, you should contact a fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Union, Towns, Fannin & Gilmer Counties.
As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the experience, training, and equipment necessary to restore your property quickly and efficiently. We understand the stress that electrical fires can cause, and we will work tirelessly to return your home or business to its pre-fire condition.
If you have any questions about our electrical fire restoration process or need assistance with a restoration project, please contact us today. We are always here to help!