Water Damage AFTER a Fire
In some fires, damage from the actual flames ends up being the least of your concerns. Fires often trigger damage in a way homeowners do not expect: significant water damage. Whether during the efforts to put the fire out or leaks caused by the heat, fire can directly or indirectly cause your home to take on large amounts of water unexpectedly. If the fire started during a storm, rain or flood water might also deal some damage. Listed are some common ways we encounter water damage after a fire.
Water Damage from Hoses and Extinguishers:
After a fire, severe water damage can happen as a result of fire hoses and extinguishers used to smother the flames. These devices, while sometimes using foam to smother the fire, often use pure or mixed water to stop the fire in its tracks. Care is not often taken to controlling the water flow, with as much being used as necessary to stop the flames. This can lead to a heavy dousing of any surface in your home, and some mild flooding. Excess water is common after a fire, and perhaps more often than not, you'll be dealing with this type of damage. Typically, a small isolated fire in a kitchen would not inflict such heavy secondary water damage.
SERVPRO of Lane County is a locally owned and operated restoration business which has experience with all types of water and fire damage. Call us today 541-345-0115