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Expect Water Damage After a Fire

Updated: Feb 19

If your business in Connersville, IN, sustains a fire, the first priority is ensuring everyone’s safety. After everyone is safe and the fire is extinguished, owners are left with much more than just smoke and soot damage. While good for extinguishing flames, there is a good likelihood that hundreds of gallons of water, perhaps even thousands for a big fire, were unleashed onto the property, which will require water cleanup by a certified fire, mold and water restoration company.

A firefighter putting out the fire in a house.

Water Damage To Expect

After contacting your insurance and making a claim, it’s good to have an idea of what to expect during the cleanup and restoration process. When it comes to water damage, below are common issues left by water:

Wood: Wood furniture and flooring will quickly begin to absorb water. Once it becomes waterlogged, it may lead to cracks, buckling and wood rot.

Ceilings: Along with potential damage from the flames, the ceiling was likely bombarded with water. The type of ceiling will determine the type of repairs needed. Regardless, any water that gets trapped in the ceiling and out of sight may lead to mold growth.

Drywall: This porous material will also wick moisture in, which may rapidly spread throughout the drywall. Removing standing water is essential to speeding up the water cleanup process and avoiding more issues.

Seals and Caulking: Although durable, the pressure from the water may begin to loosen seals and caulks, which may lead to bigger issues down the road.

Electrical: Any outlets that have been submerged may be compromised. It is always a good idea to have the electrical system inspected by a professional prior to using it again.

Carpet and Flooring: A rug or carpet that has absorbed a significant amount of water may not be repairable. As that water sits, it creates the right situation for mold to grow.

Fire Cleanup

The right restoration team will have the know-how to deal with the like water issues your businesses face as well as the aftereffects of the fire itself. Soot often smears and spreads, making the cleanup take even longer if the proper tools aren’t being used. This soot may lead to permanent staining if not addressed properly, which may require replacing some materials. Another key part of fire restoration is smoke cleanup. While soot may leave visible traces behind, smoke is a much sneakier issue to handle. As it wafts through the property, it leaves behind a noticeable odor. It also is able to permeate electronics, damaging them from the inside out. A certified professional will have industrial-grade tools and expertise to locate all visible and hidden damage. Using various cleaning methods, including air scrubbing, the property will be deodorized and the odors eliminated.

After a fire, it is easy to focus on the char and smoke left behind. Since that is enough of a surprise, it's important to be aware that a fire will also require extensive water cleanup. Luckily, there are experts out there who are certified to handle every type of damage your business has sustained.

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