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2 Things To Do After A Fire

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When you have a fire, it's often not the fire that causes the most damage to your property, it's the smoke and the water that the firefighters used to put out the fire. The high-pressure hoses can put a lot of water into your house to handle the fire. That's a good thing because it puts out the fire. It's also a bad thing because it means that you are left with a lot of water sitting there that you now have to deal with. So, what can you do to handle the water and the damage left behind from all that water?

Turn off Your Electrics

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that all your electrics are turned off. The best way to do this is at the meter so that you don't have to worry about anything getting missed. You may have to contact your electric company to have them do this. If you can't get to the meter or you don't want to wait for the power company, you can turn everything off at the circuit breaker. The important part is just to make sure that you don't have electricity running through your house while you have a lot of water in it. 

Get the Water Out

The next step is to get rid of all that water. There are a lot of ways you can do this. One thing you can do is to open up all your windows so that the water can start to dry. Another option is to use a wet/dry vac. With that, you can suck the water up and then empty the tank by dumping it outside. Since you've turned off the electricity to your house, you may want to get a small generator that you can plug the vac into. If you do that, make sure that you operate the generator outside so that you aren't worried about carbon monoxide. You will also want to make sure that you use heavy-duty extension cords. Those cords have extra insulation and can handle a heavier load than other extension cords can. 

If you are worried about all the water in your house, you may be able to handle it yourself. However, you may also want to work with professionals that specialize in water damage restoration. They will have all the equipment they need to make sure that they can get rid of the water and start to restore all the damage.