A house fire is one of the most devastating types of property loss that a family is at risk to endure. In the United States, on average, fire departments responded to more than 355,000 house fires each year during the counting years of 2012 through 2016.
When a fire occurs, families may find themselves unable to look away as the flames grow and their home and all its contents are destroyed. Unfortunately, the sense of devastation may be even worse after the flames have been extinguished and the process of salvage, cleanup, and restoration begins. If you or a loved one has just suffered a house fire and you would like to better understand the fire damage restoration process, this information can help.
Odors and moisture
A house fire always results in a variety of odors, many of which are or will become unpleasant in the days and weeks after the ashes cool. Fires in which large amounts of food was consumed, will typically leave behind strong, permeating odors that can seep into salvageable parts of the structure.
Another strong source of odors is due to those given off by the materials used in carpeting, wall covering, fabrics, insulation, and furnishings as they smolder or burn. Even fires that are caught early and extinguished before major structural damage occurs, such as some electrical fires can leave both toxic smoke and noxious odors behind due the burning of the plastics and other materials in the electric system.
Moisture is another major concern after a house fire, especially if extinguishing it required the use of large amounts of water. In addition to the damage from the water itself, the home will also be at risk of developing massive mold and mildew issues very quickly, if steps are not taken quickly to begin removing excess water and moisture.
Providing good ventilation to the interior of the structure as quickly as possible after the heat of the fire has cooled is an important part of a successful restoration process. As air circulates through windows, doors or with the aid of large fans, odors and excess moisture begin to be removed from the air inside the home. If the home has a basement or lower level where water has pooled, sump pumps are often used to remove the water and help dry the interior of the home.
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration during the cleanup and fire damage restoration phase after a house fire has occurred. To learn more, discuss your situation with a professional fire damage restoration service in your area as quickly as possible.