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The Benefits of an Emergency Board Up After a Fire

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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After your house in Prairie Village, KS, has gone through a dangerous fire, it is common to cover some parts in a practice known as an emergency board up. In a board up, professionals place boards over damaged and vulnerable windows, doors and other weaker parts of the house. While you might be tempted to overlook this option, it can provide multiple benefits to the survival of the building.

Protection Against Further Damage

The fragile position of the damaged home can make it vulnerable to multiple hazards and risk factors.

  • Strong winds
  • Rain and storms
  • Intrusion by wildlife
  • Trespass by humans
  • Other environmental conditions

Boarding up the house prevents the fire damage from escalating, also reducing the work performed by fire cleanup specialists. Some companies even offer these services as part of the restoration process.

Prevention of Insurance Loss

After a devastating home fire, one of the first actions you might take is calling the insurance company. While you might receive coverage for the fire, companies look for any reason to drop coverage if the homeowner does not make effort to stop the damage. In fact, some insurers even require tarp over and board up for the affected residence. Avoid the additional trouble and request this practice to decrease the destruction and keep your insurance coverage.

Avoidance of Human Intrusion

Even though the burned house is exposed to a variety of risks, human trespass is perhaps the most dangerous one. Intruders can exploit the weakened areas as entry points and either rob the area or vandalize and increase the damage. Additionally, if someone gets injured during a stay in the house, you could be held liable, even if they broke into the place. Emergency board up resolves this potential problem.
Even if a home is greatly destroyed, a board up can play a significant role in its restoration. This practice can protect your home from increased damage, ensure your insurance coverage and stops criminals from breaking in.

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