Steps to Rebuilding Log Homes After a Fire
Whether it was from a small electrical spark or a raging wildfire, fire damage to a home can be devastating. Restoring your log home from fire damage can take plenty of hard work and patience. Professional fire rebuilding and restoration services can make the process easier. Here are steps that can be taken to rebuild log homes after a fire.
Application of a Fire Claim
Applications for fire claims should be completed before rebuilding log homes. Not only can this pay for necessary repairs, but you may also be able to receive help for temporary shelter expenses while the rebuild process is being completed. Some log homeowners may face challenges due to being underinsured. Your insurance provider can tell you what expenses are covered so you can budget for any unforeseen expenses.
Make sure to document all repair costs and a list of damages from start to finish to provide to your insurance provider. Digitize pictures and invoices for convenient access and store them together in one place. Your rebuild contractor can help you with this process for filing an insurance claim for fire damage to your log home.
Professional Assessment of Structural Damage of Log Homes
Before log homes can be rebuilt after a fire, a structural engineer may need to assess the damage professionally. The fire restoration contractor can recommend an engineer you choose to employ. Specific repairs may be identified for walls and floor joists during the assessment. The engineer may also recommend licensed carpenters and electricians specializing in fire-damaged log homes. These repairs will be the first issues addressed during the restoration process.
Obtain Necessary Building Permits
Before the rebuilding of your log home can begin, certain building permits may need to be obtained. The construction process will need to follow specific building codes for demolition and restoration. If you plan to make any upgrades during the rebuild, these regulations can prevent or delay the process. A professional contractor can help you obtain the right permits so the rebuild process can go more smoothly.
Electrical System Inspection and Repair
If your log home is not completely destroyed by fire, the electrical system must be inspected and repaired by a licensed professional. There may be a need for a new breaker box or replacement of outlets, fixtures, and wiring. If you are working with a fire restoration contractor, you can get recommendations for the best electricians in your area to perform this work.
Specialized Cleanup for Log Homes
Fire damage to log homes or as well as any home can create numerous health hazards that must be addressed during a rebuild. These hazards can include contaminated air ducts, soot residue, and mold or mildew growth. Specialized cleanup crews may tackle one room at a time to clean up fire damage before log homes can be rebuilt.
Depending on the damage, these professionals may be able to salvage furniture, cabinets, and other structural elements that can be used during the rebuild. The crew also has the right equipment to eliminate difficult to clean residue and odors throughout the home. This process may take several weeks to several months, depending on the extent of the fire damage.
Professional Services for Rebuilding Fire Damaged Log Homes
Rebuilding your log home after a fire can be overwhelming and stressful. Professional rebuilding and restoration services can help ease your burden. Sierra Log & Timber provides a comprehensive range of professional services for rebuilding fire-damaged log homes. The team can offer a design consultation and recommend high-quality contractors to complete the work so you can get back to normal life again as soon as possible. Get the process started by requesting a consultation today.