The Damaging Effects of Home Fires
Dealing with a fire in your home is never an easy experience. As soon as you finish dealing with the initial impact of a fire breaking out in your home, you have to start worrying about how you are going to take care of all the damage it did. As many homeowners find out, the damage caused by a home fire can be quite extensive.
The first type of damage done is by the fire itself. Because fires can spread so quickly, it doesn’t take long for them to do an extensive amount of damage in a home. Although firefighters can respond quickly, serious damage has probably already been done. Because of its incredibly high temperatures, a fire can damage structural elements of your home. Depending on how much damage is done, this can result in your home being unsafe to inhabit. A fire can also destroy your belongings. For your valuable belongings, you can help protect yourself with insurance. However, not only can it be a hassle to deal with a claim to your insurance company, but a fire can also destroy possessions that may not have much monetary value, but have significant sentimental value.
The fire itself is not the only factor that can damage a home. When firefighters respond to a house fire, their only concerns are safely getting everyone out of the home and then extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible. Because it’s how they save lives, it’s obviously good that they aren’t concerned with anything else. However, as a homeowner, you are going to have additional concerns after the fire is over. One concern that many people overlook is potential mold growth caused by leftover water from the firefighters. If standing water isn’t removed, mold will start growing. Mold growth can cause damage throughout your home, as well as making the air in your home unhealthy to breathe.
Because of the amount of smoke created during a fire, it can cause a lot of damage throughout your home. As smoke floats and rises through your home, it can cause damage to your ceilings and walls. It can also cause your bedding, carpet, clothing and curtains to smell disgusting. The thing that makes smoke damage such a problem is that its odor will continue to linger throughout a home.
In addition to the smoke caused by a fire, the soot left over from a fire can present a significant problem for any homeowner. The reason soot is a serious issue is because it can be toxic. This is especially true when it gets into air ducts. When soot isn’t cleaned from air ducts, the ducts can spread the soot throughout a home’s air supply. Soot in the air can result in serious respiratory problems for anyone who breathes it. Because soot is very difficult to properly clean, you should seek the assistance of a professional restoration company. Not only will they take care of your soot problem, but they will also be able to handle the other types of fire related damage in your home.