Recovering from a Fire at Your Business in Buffalo
Suffering a fire can be a terrible setback, especially when it happens at your business. The longer it takes you to recover from the fire, the harder it can be to maintain your income and keep your employees working.
How can you recover from a fire at your Buffalo business? Here are some tips.
Keep Extensive Records
Take pictures of absolutely everything. Keep track of everyone you talk to and what you talk to them about so you can refer back to your conversations. If you have to purchase anything, keep your receipts and log everything in a spreadsheet.
Call Insurance + SERVPRO
Call your insurance agent ASAP and let them know what happened. They’ll help you to figure out if you’re covered and instruct you on how to file a claim if you can. This process takes time and you’ll want to get it kicked off as soon as you can.
You should also call SERVPRO of The Southtowns to discuss your fire, smoke and soot restoration needs. We’ll be happy to work with your insurance carrier to provide the most extensive services possible while minimizing your out-of-pocket costs.
If Your Building Will be Empty, Hire Security
A burned-out building, especially one with damage to windows or access points, is an easy target for thieves, vandals and burglars. The police can only do so much - private security may be necessary if you need overnight or 24/7 oversight.
Board Up Windows and Tarp the Roof
If windows have been damaged or your roof is compromised, SERVPRO of The Southtowns can offer board up and tarping services to protect your building from the elements so that you can avoid further damage.
Call Your Utility Companies
If there’s any potential of damage to your gas, water or electrical lines, get them shut off. Your utility companies should be able to inspect them and certify whether they’re safe to turn on.
Get Your Stuff
Once the fire department gives you the okay to re-enter your business, assess the situation. Do you think you’ll be able to go on with business as usual, or will you be out of your space for a while? If it’s the later, grab everything you need to do your job, as well as valuables, vital records, and anything else that’s irreplaceable.
Kick Off the Restoration Process
SERVPRO of The Southtowns is here to get the restoration process done quickly and thoroughly so you can get back to business as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the sooner you can get back to work.
Make an Emergency Plan
If you don’t already have an emergency plan put together that people can refer to in case disaster strikes again, or a written plan to get back into your business after a disaster, we can help. SERVPRO of The Southtowns offers professional emergency planning for our customers - call 716-646-6684 for more info.