A house fire is an incredibly traumatic event for the homeowner which goes on for long after the fire has been put out. One of the most difficult parts of recovering from a fire is dealing with the aftermath, including the multiple types of damage that are likely to affect the property.
Once burning hot enough, a fire can destroy your home and possessions in just thirty minutes. Even if the fire is stopped from destroying everything by firefighters, there is typically a large amount of damage left behind. There can be water damage left from the firefighting efforts, smoke damage from the materials that burned up and more. Since these damages were all created from different sources, they may each require a unique method of cleaning to get them removed.
What Types of Damage Does A Fire Cause?
Some of the damages you may see as you re-enter your home include:
- Smoke damage: This is a type of damage you are more likely to smell than see. The smell of smoke can soak into any textiles in the home, including furniture and bedding. These items may need to be cleaned with a special cleaner to eliminate the smell, or may have to be replaced in order to get the smell out.
- Soot damage: Soot is the name given to the residue that is left after a synthetic material, like nylon,
polyester, or carbon fiber, goes up in flames. The average home contains plenty of items that are made up of these fabrics, like couches, beds, and carpeting. Making matters even more complicated, different types of smoke create different types of soot damage. Wet smoke can generate a sticky residue which is difficult to scrub off the surface of walls. Dry smoke leaves a dry, powdery soot. This type of damage is not as sticky and therefore more likely to land on furniture or flooring.
- Water damage: This damage typically comes from firefighting efforts to contain or put the fire out.
Many people do not realize that the high-pressure hose used by firefighters places a large amount of water inside the home, which can then linger, seep into the structure. and cause water damage.
- Scorching: Large, dark scorch marks from the fire can appear on the walls, countertops or other surfaces of the home. Removing these marks takes special attention and care.
- Melting and heat distortion: Depending on the heat and severity of the fire, many of the fixtures and home décor items can be susceptible to warping and heat distortion if they aren’t totally destroyed.
What is The Best Way To Deal With Fire Damages?
If you have been affected by a home fire, there are a few steps you should follow:
- Document all damages before you being any cleanup or repair efforts. Photos or videos should be taken of each part of the home.
- Get estimates from specialized vendors that deal with these damages
- Ensure your insurance claim is submitted properly to avoid any delays in having your claim paid. The money you get from your insurance company will have to cover repairing damaged items and replacing ones that have been totally damaged.
If this is your first time experiencing a fire or filing a homeowners insurance claim, you may need to get some expert help. Five Star Claims Adjusting is here to help you through the process. Contact us today to get help.