When a fire erupts in your home, the damage to the structure can quickly become severe. Fortunately, it is possible for contractors to address much of the damage that may arise following this type of issue. However, it may take a little time before these professionals arrive at your home to perform fire damage restoration, and while you are waiting, there are a few tips you can follow to help ensure this repair process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Improve Ventilation

After the fire has been extinguished, it is important for you to improve the ventilation of the home as much as possible. There will be ash and residue from the fire throughout the house, and it is important to improve ventilation to help prevent these substances' odors from absorbing into your walls, floors and furniture. 

When you are improving ventilation, you should open any windows and doors as well as placing industrial fans at these points. The fans will ensure that the air in the home is being circulated in a way that will remove the smell. Avoid turning on the air conditioning system because this can simply spread these smells to otherwise unaffected areas of the home. 

Dry Any Standing Water

Following a fire, there is probably going to be standing water and fire retardant foam in your home. You should immediately set to work to dry and clean these materials from the home. If these substances are allowed to stay in contact with your floors or walls, mold and mildews may be more likely to start growing. You will only need to use a towel to absorb as much of these fluids as you can because the improved ventilation will help expedite the drying process.

Take Photographs Of The Damage

Before any repair work is done to your property, you should take photographs of any damaged areas and items in the home. This will make it far easier for you to prove your losses when you file the insurance claim for this type of damage. Make sure that the photographs have the date and time on them to prevent the insurance company from disputing the authenticity of the photographs. 

Restoring your home following a fire can be a major task to undertake, and it is likely that this is an issue that most homeowners will not have much experience addressing. For those that find themselves facing this long recovery, following these three tips while waiting for the fire damage restoration contractors will help you to avoid some routine issues that arise when recovering from these damages.