3 Ways To Deal With Fire and Water Damage
Three Approaches To Fire And Water Damage
Water and fire damage combine when a fire hose is used to extinguish a blaze. These hoses can introduce hundreds of gallons of water into a home and make cleaning up and restoring damage more difficult. Homeowners dealing with both fire and water damage should hire restoration professionals. Here are three ways that experts handle compound damage.
1. Remove Water
Extracting standing water is a top priority. The water used to suppress a fire immediately degrades from Category One to contaminated Category Three water as it makes contact with ash, soot, and smoke. The chemicals released during combustion make this water pose a safety risk. Damage mitigation experts may use a pump to quickly get rid of water.
2. Clear Out Ash and Soot
The next phase of the clean-up process is to address the worst of the fire damage. Remove built-up soot and tear out porous materials exposed to open flame, excessive heat and dirty water. In general, carpet, drywall and insulation are ruined by this combination of factors and may pose a heightened risk of mold if left intact. Restoration should not proceed until the area affected by fire and water is dry.
3. Dry the Area
Once an area damaged by fire and water no longer contains standing water or excessive amounts of soot, it is necessary to promote drying. Restoration professionals may recommend additional ventilation or a dehumidifier to draw out residual moisture. Rebuilding can only take place after the area has become completely dry.
These ways of dealing with combined water and fire damage can help homeowners anticipate the equipment and duration of time necessary to complete the cleanup process. A company that specializes in damage restoration can ensure that each of these methods is done as quickly and thoroughly as possible to reduce the risk of further damage to a home in Deerfield Beach, FL.