Have you ever considered what would happen if your home was flooded with water? Did you know that water damage is something that could happen after a fire? It's something that a lot of people don't even give a second thought about, but one huge source of water damage is the water that's used to put out even relatively minor home fires. Your home may have escaped significant fire damage only to have to deal with the thousands of gallons of water that were used to extinguish the flames. If you're wondering how to deal with this, here are some steps that you need to take immediately:

Contact insurance company: As soon as the fire has been extinguished, you should contact your insurance company to file a claim. They may not be able to send an agent out to inspect the damage for a few days, so it's essential that you get this call in as soon as possible. The sooner you're able to get the damage assessed, the sooner you can get fire and water damage restoration company to work on your home. The sooner they get to work, the sooner that you'll be able to move back into your home.

Talk to the fire department: Nobody will be able to enter the property until they've been given the all-clear by the fire department. Depending on the extent of the fire, they may leave a monitor in place to watch the property for signs of smoke or the flames reigniting. This monitor will typically stay in place for a full day. Once they retrieve it, you'll either be ordered to stay out due to the danger of collapse or you'll be given the all-clear to enter the property and to allow the insurance agent and the fire or water damage restoration company to begin working.

Remove mementos: If it has been deemed safe for you to enter the home, you may want to retrieve select mementos from the home before the water damage restoration services get to work. Some sentimental items, such as clothes, books, or cuddly toys, can start to grow mold and otherwise rot if allowed to stay in place until work can begin. Depending on the item, they may have a smoke smell that will never entirely fade. Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell ahead of time which items will still smell and which ones will not. The only way to find out is by attempting to clean the item or items in question.

To learn more, contact a company that offers fire and water damage restoration services.