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Hidden Water Can Damage Homes Well After the Fire’s Out

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Hidden Water Can Damage Homes Well After the Fire’s Out

When a home or building in Bloomington, MN is involved in a fire, the damage can be extensive. Fire damage is about more than just the fire itself; it also includes damage from heat, smoke and water. Water damage is typical, due to the amount firefighters must use to douse flames and ensure hot spots are cooled. Water can also cause structural damage, some of which is due to the high-pressure fire hose.

Hidden Moisture Causes Further Damage

Water used to put out the fire finds its way into crevices in the foundation, walls and ceiling, where it is trapped in structural pockets. If not removed promptly, it can cause ongoing damage to building materials, such as splitting and warping, and mold can begin to grow in 48 to 72 hours. Delays in removing this moisture can make repairs more costly.

Take Immediate Action

If your home or building is involved in a fire, act quickly to limit fire damage. The first step is to ventilate all affected areas. If weather conditions are mild, you can open windows and use fans to keep air circulating throughout damaged areas. To reach hidden water pockets, remove building materials to get to layers behind or underneath. Remove and discard any drywall with water damage, as well as wet insulation. Wood trim and hardwood are reclaimable after drying both sides.

Make Sure Everything’s Dry

Non-porous and semi-porous materials, including studs and joists, can be cleaned, but do not begin repairs until items are dry, or you risk dry rot and structural damage. Restoration companies use a special meter to find hidden moisture and can help you decide when conditions are dry enough to begin repairs.

Restoring Your Home

Recovering from a fire is not easy, especially when you add in the emotional toll. A professional fire restoration company can help you tackle the aftermath of fire damage and the inevitable water damage, and make your Bloomington, MN home livable again. Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on water damage.

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