When a fire devastates your home, avoid further structural damage by taking immediate action to prevent hidden water damage.
Post-fire water damage can go un-noticed for years, hidden below the surface of walls and floorboards. If left un-repaired, structural damage can become irreversible and the health of you and your family could be at-risk. Learning how to recognize the signs of hidden water damage can help protect your home and loved ones.
After the Fire
After a fire you need to file a claim with your insurance as soon as possible so they can compensate you for repairs. The first thing your insurance provider will do, once your fire damage coverage has been determined, is encourage you to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to clean and restore your home.
Before restoration can begin, the structure of your home will be assessed to ensure that it is safe to enter. The restoration team can then remove all items that were destroyed in the fire and begin the cleaning process. While the cleanup may vary depending on the level of damage, the average fire restoration process often involves the following:
- Removing lingering smoke to prevent further staining and damage
- Deep cleaning soot or debris out from the walls, floors, and panels
- Ventilating and checking the air quality to ensure safety
- Assessing the ceiling or piping for any free-floating asbestos
- Removing, repairing, or replacing any damaged components
The Hidden Dangers of Water Damage
Unfortunately, cleaning up after a fire is not the only step in the restoration process. The water it takes to put out a large fire can often cause water damage to your home. Bacteria and mold can start growing immediately in floorboards, walls, and ceilings if the water is not immediately extracted.
However, signs of water damage are often neglected, as they are not always easily visible. Even if there are no visible signs of water damage after a fire, it is important to get a professional water damage assessment to reduce the risk of any future problems.
Water damage is not only potentially fatal to the structure of your home, it can also significantly damage your health. If water is left in your home for too long, mold, mildew and bacteria can grow. Most molds will eventually discolor walls and weaken the foundation of a home.
Although some types of mold do not pose any significant health risks, black mold can be extremely dangerous. The spores from black mold produce toxic odors and lead to serious health issues in humans and animals, such as nausea, breathing problems and even cardiac arrest.
Seek Professional Water Damage Restoration
Cleaning and repairing extensive water damage requires a professional restoration company’s experience, training and equipment. A company that consistently deals with fire and water damage restoration will inspect your home for water damage, from the floorboards and walls, to the basement and attic.
If you notice any indicators of water damage, call S&S Construction & Restoration today at 760.559.2667 for a free consultation. Our team of experts provide water and fire damage restoration services that protect you and your family from hidden dangers.