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How To Protect Your Home After a Fire

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Roof of a house burned out Fire damaged roof from a home in Shawomet, RI.

If your home in Shawomet, RI, is damaged by a fire, you need to know how to protect it from further harm. If you don't properly board up your home, you risk further damage and losing your insurance coverage of the fire damage.

Benefits of Boarding Up Your Home

Fire damage makes your home more vulnerable to other potential risks:

  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Vandalism
  • Thieves
  • Pests

You can avoid these risks by having a fire damage repair service in Shawomet, RI, do an emergency board up immediately after the fire is put out.

Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are often damaged in a fire either by heat or firefighters having to break them to access and put out the fire. You should board up your windows and doors as soon as the fire has been put out. Broken windows and doors make it easy for pests, unauthorized persons and water to enter your home.

Roofs
If your roof has been damaged, rainwater can leak into the home. This can cause additional damage to the roof, ceilings, electrical wiring, flooring and more. Roofs should be covered with tarps to ensure that they are waterproof.

Insurance
If you do not secure your home after a fire, you risk losing your insurance coverage. Since additional damage could drive up the cost of repairs, many insurance providers require an emergency board-up. They also want to avoid liability claims from an unauthorized person entering the home and getting injured on your property. Call your insurance provider immediately after a fire and ask what precautions you are required to take.
Having a fire damage repair service board up your home after a fire can help prevent all kinds of additional damage. Entry points, such as windows and doors, should be boarded up immediately. Damaged roofs should be covered with a tarp. If you do not take these precautions, you risk losing your insurance coverage, so make sure you are familiar with your provider's policies.

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