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How To Handle Water Damage After a Fire

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage in Fallbrook, CA

If your business in Fallbrook,CA, succumbs to fire, your predicament does not end when the flames are extinguished. In most cases, extensive water cleanup is required after the event to mitigate further harm. Here's a primer on how to deal with water damage after a fire.

Identifying Potential Water Damage

After a fire, water can cause additional damage to your property in a variety of ways:

  • High pressure hoses can negatively impact surfaces such as drywall due to the immense power with which the water is dispersed.
  • Prolonged exposure to water can permeate porous surfaces such as wood, carpet and upholstery, leading to swelling, rot and unpleasant odors.
  • The moist and warm environment after a fire is an ideal breeding ground for mold. Excess humidity in your workplace can quickly lead to mold growth within 48 hours.
  • Electrical wiring and items such as TVs and computers are likely to be affected by the water used to put out a fire.

Making Your Business Safe and Dry

If water is used to put out a fire at your property, you can begin drying your work area by circulating air in the affected locations. This can be done by placing fans in every room to encourage airflow. Dehumidifiers may be used as well in especially damp areas. However, this may not be enough to fully remove moisture from your workplace. Water cleanup must be done thoroughly as any lingering dampness can continue to have adverse effects on your surroundings down the line.

Seeking Professional Assistance

Considering the possible consequences of improper moisture removal, it is always best to consult with a professional before attempting cleanup on your own. Some cases will require more aggressive drying techniques in order to prevent additional losses, while others will require specialized equipment. Hiring a company that specializes in fire restoration and smoke cleanup guarantees that your enterprise will be restored with efficiency and safety in mind.

Once the smoke clears, it's time for water cleanup. By identifying potential problem areas, acting quickly, and enlisting the help of experienced professionals, you can get your business back on its feet in no time.

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