Fires and fire damage are never things that you plan for. Fires happen unexpectedly and can wreak havoc on your home and belongings. But did you know that once the flames have been put out and the smoke has cleared, you could be facing more than fire damage? Water damage is a very real concern in the wake of a fire. Whether it was put out by you or the fire department had to be called, your home and belongings can be affected by water damage. Here is how water damage can affect your home after a fire.
In the wake of a fire, there can also be a good amount of standing water. This is water that was used to extinguish the fire and then had nowhere to go. If that water is allowed to continue to sit without being removed it will damage what it came in contact with. It can ruin flooring, personal items, and even walls. Water has the power to weaken your home’s structural integrity. That is not something you want. The best way to protect your home and belongings from water is to ensure that water is removed right away.
Water used to put out a fire can spread contaminants. Think about what the water may pass through as it is extinguishing the fire. Water coming through the roof for example may go through attic insulation. Lead paint may be present in homes built prior to 1978. Walls that have been opened by the fire department or the fire damage itself may contain harmful contaminants such as dead rodents and their fecal matter, construction dust, and microbial growth – i.e. mold. Water can be used as a conduit to cross-contaminate a property. Proper extraction, demolition, sanitization and drying is 100% necessary.
When water or moisture go undetected in the aftermath of a fire, mold can grow freely. Mold is a risk for two main reasons. The first reason is it can destroy the structural integrity of whatever it is growing into. It can affect all types of material, weakening them as it grows. The second reason mold is dangerous is because of the health risks. Mold can cause any number of respiratory problems as well as more serious problems. Breathing mold in for an extended period of time is highly inadvisable.
It seems counter-intuitive that after a fire you should be worried about water damage, but it is a concern. Luckily that is where companies like Soil-Away come in. We are here to help restore your home from fire and water damage. If you have recently experienced a fire, give us a call at 603-641-6555. We’re here to help you.
Has there recently been a fire in your home? If the answer is yes and you are still smelling the smoke, it isn’t your imagination. It’s fire damage. Even after the fire is over and the rest of your home is back to normal, the odor can linger. This is why it is important to have a professional come in and perform odor removal after a fire. Fire damage is more than surface level, it can penetrate difference surfaces and outstay its welcome. Here are three areas in your home that can hold onto the smell of fire long after the flames have been put out.
Hidden Smoke Odors in HVAC Air Ducts
Your HVAC air duct system is a hidden area of your home that makes a big difference. Smoke can get into your system and pollute your air for a long time. What you need is professional odor removal equipment to pull the pollutants out. Soot, dust from the fire, and mold spores could also be making your HVAC their home. All of these particles will come out in your heat and AC, bringing their odor and potentially affecting your health. For your health, it is important to have your HVAC air duct system cleaned after a fire.
Trapped Odor in Flooring and Carpets
Carpets and flooring that survived the fire may not have come out without fire damage. Carpets and even other types of flooring are very absorbent and can soak up the fire smell. Removing the fire odor from flooring and carpets requires special equipment. This equipment penetrates the layers of carpet and flooring and cleans it out from the inside. It isn’t enough to clean the soot off of the top of your flooring because you can be left with residual smoke odors.
Cleaning Smoke Odor Off Walls
Even walls can absorb the smell of fire and smoke. In the case of walls, the drywall might need replacing to remove the odor. However, a professional might be able to remove the smell with special cleaning techniques and equipment. That is why it is so important to consult with a professional restoration team after even a minor fire. They will know how to handle odor removal from the walls of your home.
Fires are a stressful experience. There is primarily the safety of those in the home to worry about. However, once the fire is put out there is a lot of clean up and deodorization required. That is why Soil-Away is here to help you. We can help you with all of your fire damage, including odor removal. Give us a call at 603-641-6555.