In some fires, water damage ends up being of greater concern than the damage from the flames. Such fire incidents directly or indirectly cause a building to take on excess amounts of water.
How Fires Cause Water Damage
1. Water From Hoses and Extinguishers
Efforts to smother a fire can lead to water damage. If the fire hoses and extinguishers contain pure or mixed water, the firefighters may use excess water to stop the fire. A heavy dousing of surfaces and some mild flooding may follow.
2. Leaks After Fire Damages Plumbing
Extreme temperature can melt and break faucets and plumbing. There is likely to be water damage if the consequent leaks and ruptures aren’t fixed on time.
3. Fire During a Storm
If an inferno starts during a storm, the fire may make it easier for rain or flood water to get into a building. The water may pour through burned openings and cause massive damage to the building on fire.
Dealing With Water Damage After a Fire
Once the fire marshal says you can re-enter the home, assess the damage and call a restoration company in Long Island, NY. The following steps will meanwhile help reduce further damage:
1. Remove Debris and Unsalvageable Items
Begin the cleanup by getting rid of all debris. Also, remove all items destroyed beyond restoration or that are not worth salvaging.
2. Dry Out the Furniture, Window Treatments, and Clothing
Prevent mold and bacteria from invading the water damaged stuff. Move the items to the exterior of your home within 24 hours to allow proper drying and remove odors.
3. Increase Ventilation and Air Circulation
Open the windows and use fans for better air circulation. Better airflow will help to dry up water and push out the stagnant air in the house.
Usually, the water that’s left in a building after a fire incident has a certain level of contamination. The water may have been exposed to smoke and soot, or it may be flood water from a storm. Dealing with such water need the right equipment and restoration techniques.