The biggest investment you can ever make is probably when purchasing a home and any damage to it can be overwhelming. The scope of fire damage is much more when compared to water damage alone, the damage caused by fire is most of the time accompanied by extensive water damage from the efforts employed to control the fire.
Water damage can be broadly classified based on the possible source of the problem:
• Caegory1 – Damage from clean water sources such as a broken water line.
• Category 2 – Damage from contaminated water source.
• Category 3 – Damage from “black” water, that is water containing sewage or from a sewage backup.
In a similar way fire damage can also be categorized:
• Minor fire damage without structural involvement and which is small in size.
• Larger fire damages causing structural damage to a relatively small area of the house.
• Damage that is significant in terms of structural involvement requiring professional repair.
Irrespective of the type of damage done you must understand that the scope of the damage is not limited to the type of damage. Usually the damage grows into other issues such as growth of mildew and mold on damp surfaces and behind wall where it is less visible. This could turn into a health hazard for the family member, especially if any one in the family suffers from allergies or respiratory problems.Time is the most important factor if a house has been damaged by water, fire or both. The faster the fire or water damage restoration work is done the lower is the chance for mildew or mold growth.
Some people choose to fix the damage on their own using simple strategies like leaving the doors and windows open and keeping the air conditioners running at full blast. But if you don’t feel like you can handle the rubber gloves, disinfectants and boots and if the damage is extensive then it is advisable to seek water damage restoration professionals. Professional help for water damage restoration can speed up the drying process as the equipments used are specially designed for the situation.
Most carpet cleaning services also undertake water damage restoration work. They may be adept at cleaning carpets but the same cannot be assumed for water damage repair. These companies would not have the required equipments or expertise to repair the different kinds of damages due to fire or water such as furniture damage, personal property damage and especially damage to the building structure.
There are many companies that advertise fire and water damage restoration services. The services may be provided through under-trained subcontractors without any accountability. And they may not use the right equipments for the job. If the contractor does not show up or if the work delivered is substandard then you wouldn’t be able to find a local contact for a company based miles and miles away. To get your home back in shape and to avoid any future damage hire a fire or water damage restoration professional.