The song “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” can metaphorically be the epitome of Christmas instead of “Silent Night.” We’ve all been there when we imaged that Christmas was going to be perfect, with decorations that would glimmer in the candlelight as everyone enjoys a cup of homemade eggnog and sings Christmas carols. However, sometimes Christmas doesn’t work out like that. Either we are scrambling to put together our homemade centerpiece as guests are arriving, or everyone is bickering so much that they don’t even notice that centerpiece that you spent hours constructing. We hope that you had a peaceful Christmas in West Michigan, but if you didn’t we at Disaster Response are here if it went really wrong.

If Santa or the House Caught Fire

Whether it’s the result of a forgotten turkey in the oven or the cat knocking over your favorite Christmas candle. Unfortunately, fires happen often due to incidents in the kitchen and other accidents. However, they can also occur due to plugs overloaded with fifty strings of lights for a light display your neighborhood has never yet seen. Regardless of what caused the fire, here are some tips to guide you as to what to do after the fire has occurred.

Begin the Cleanup Process Right Away

Many think that the main destructive element is the fire itself, but they are mistaken. When a fire occurs, it’s the smoke that does the most damage. Smoke is incredibly acidic and as items sit in it, the more damage and unsalvageable your property and home becomes. As soon as the flames are out, call your local fire damage restoration specialist.

Stay Calm

It’s easy to think this is the end of the world, but know that there is much that can be done. As we stated above, the sooner you call us, the better. Some items that seem smokey and soot-covered can be restored to good as new.

If You Were Flooded With Water Instead of Gifts

We hope the only thing that you were flooded with this Christmas was love and the gifts. However, if you weren’t and came home to or happened upon mid-party a watery mess, you are not alone. The holidays are one of the most disaster-ridden times of the year due to being distracted, the extra cold temperatures, and house guests. Water damage can occur from burst pipes, as part of the aftermath of a fire, or from a bathtub that’s allowed to run over. Whatever caused the flooding, here are some tips for knowing what to do after the incident.

Sop Up the Mess Right Away

Just like it’s a must to begin clean up and restoration after a fire as soon as possible, so it is with a flood. Water can not only damage your home’s structure, but items that are allowed to sit in water are more likely to mold and if you have been keeping up with our blog, you will know how harmful mold can be. Begin clean up, if it is safe for you to do so and call a professional restoration company for dehumidification. They will have the tools and equipment to completely dry the area flooded so you don’t have to worry about mold. They can also offer restoration services for personal items as well.

Mold Testing

If you have called upon a professional water damage professional such as Disaster Response, you will most likely not have to worry about mold. However, it still may be a good idea to make sure that your home is mold free. Mold can not only cause serious health issues which can lead to death, but it can structurally compromise your home. Catching mold before it has had time to spread is an absolute must.

The best thing you can do after a disaster has occurred in your Grand Rapids home is to call Disaster Response! We are available 24/7 because we know that disaster never happens conveniently during the eight to five work day. We offer water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold testing, mold removal, and more! We truly care about our clients and can even offer assistance during the claims process. We hope that your holidays were filled with holiday cheer, but if they weren’t rest assured that the contractors of Disaster Response are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about our water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and other disaster response services!