How a Fire Damage Can Affect Your Home

A fire breaking out in a property can have drastic effects on it. No matter how big or small the fire is, it can result in significant damage. Due to the devastating nature of fire, it can take a toll on the structure of the property. Additionally, it can also lead to impairment of the house due to water, soot, and smoke. A fire can lead to a multitude of problems. We will cover how fire damage can affect you and your property in this blog.

Immediate damage by fire

One of the first things which happen due to a fire is that most of the items getting burned by the fire. This can lead to the furniture, cabinets, appliances, walls, and countertops getting destroyed or dilapidated. This will also leave a lot of debris from the burned items in the property. The fire will also completely burn the wooden and plastic things which can release harmful gases due to the oxidation process.

Damage due to smoke and soot

If the fire was localised and did not have any immediate damage on the rest of the house, the smoke and soot will render some of the items as unsalvageable. Smoke and soot can cause potential damage even after the fire has been put out. Soot can adhere to surfaces which leads to staining and discolouration. The smoke can travel across the house and leave a bad odour. Apart from the smell, smoke can also stain the walls and furnishings. Smoke can also embed itself in the fibers of upholstery items, clothes, and carpets. This can cause the smoky smell to linger in the property for a long time.

Water damage

Water and fire damage may seem like they are on the different ends of the spectrum, but they can affect the property simultaneously. Water is usually used to extinguish the fire on the property. If the belongings in the house weren’t affected by the fire, they can possibly get drenched in water. Fire can also lead to the bursting or leaking of pipes and tanks due to the elevated temperature. This will cause the water to spill all over the house. If the water is touching any electrical wires or appliances, it can induce shorting of circuits.

Mould problems

Growth of mould is not an immediate issue, but one that can surface later. When the water used for extinguishing the fire is not completely cleaned, it can set off mould growth in the future. For mould to thrive on a surface, a moist and warm environment is necessary. These conditions are fulfilled after a fire breaks out and is put out on a property. Hence the chances of mould invading your house increase drastically after a fire.

Unhealthy conditions to live in

Fire generates a lot of smoke which can contain harmful chemicals. When items of various compositions are burned, it mixes all of the gases released. The indoor air quality gets hampered. This can cause respiratory issues in the occupants of the property or even on adjacent properties. Moist surfaces, from putting out the fire, can also be a breeding ground for a lot of micro-organisms and insects. This can pave the way for many diseases and infections.

It is imperative that after a fire, you call a professional fire damage restoration service. At Classique Chem-Dry, we undertake a complete restoration of your property after a fire occurs. We have experienced professionals who will inspect your property, see the extent of damage and get to bringing back the property to pre-incident levels. Our trained personnel will remove all the debris, soot, and unsalvageable items from the house. The items which are salvageable are cleaned and treated thoroughly. The property is also inspected for potential water and mould damage. Then it is cleaned and deodourised, making it safe for the occupants. Classique Chem-Dry is at your service to assist you in case of fire damage to your property. Get in touch with us on 1800 213 006 or mail us at classique@chemdry.com.au.

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