Risks of Poor Fire Clean Up
When you think of a fire, your mind probably conjures up images of smoke, flames, and charred remains. You likely don’t think about the long-term effects that these dangerous flames can have on your family, home or business. Unfortunately, fire damage is not always visible to the naked eye and can remain hidden for months or even years after it occurred. If you suspect that the damage was not taken care of properly, then there are steps you can take to protect yourself from further problems down the road.
What Happens if Fire Damage is Unmitigated?
If fire damage is not properly mitigated, the fire damage can spread to other parts of the building. This is especially true if you have a wooden structure. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of all fires spread and are not contained within their original area. The fire damage can spread to other buildings on your property or nearby. If you don’t clean up properly after a fire, there could be severe consequences for your neighbors as well as yourself, especially if they're in close proximity. The smoke and soot from a mishap like this could cause permanent damage to your home even after it's been cleaned up (more on that later).
What to Look for After a Fire
Smoke can damage the structural integrity of a building, as well as its contents. The color of the walls and ceiling may be discolored or have a dull appearance, and there may be water stains or soot deposits on these surfaces. If you see any evidence that points to smoke damage, it is important to consult with professionals who can provide an assessment of the extent of the problem before proceeding with repairs.
Signs of water damage. Water used in firefighting efforts may cause severe structural problems due to crumbling walls and ceilings as well as mold growth if left untreated for too long after cleanup has been completed. If you notice any signs that point toward possible flooding due to firefighting activities – such as puddles under windowsills – contact professionals immediately so they can assess how best to proceed with cleanup efforts without further damaging your property's structure or contents
Contact a Professional
The longer you wait, the more damage can be caused by fire and water damage. Don't try to do it yourself, if you aren't sure what to look for contact a professional immediately.
Don't wait too long to call a professional. If there is smoke damage in your home, it's best to act quickly so that the dangerous bacteria and spores from ash, don't get a chance to grow into something worse.
The team at SERVPRO is here to help you with all your fire damage needs. We have the expertise and experience to get your home back to its pre-fire condition. We can also help you find replacement items for those items that were damaged or destroyed in the fire. Call us today!