What does fire damage look like? This may sound like a no brainer question. Most people think of fire and they think flames, ashes, and extreme heat. All are true but fire damage can go much deeper than even that. Flames, ashes, and heat are like the acute damage from fires, but further damage can be done afterward as well. Overall, there are more things that really meet the eye when it comes to fire damage and knowing what they are can help in the restoration process afterward and in finding a good professional company to come help get it cleaned up.
Smoke and soot always follow fire but they can sometimes cause more damage than the actual fire itself. The smoke particles can embed themselves into cloth and drywall. The odor from smoke will linger in a room or house long after the fire is put out. Smoke can even greatly affect rooms that weren’t even touched by the fire. The smoke particles during a fire can cause a lot of trouble for your respiratory tract and cause your eyes to hurt. The danger of smoke to your health continues on after the fire as well. Breathing in the smoke particles that have lingered can greatly aggravate your lungs and be even more troublesome for those who have underlying conditions such as asthma. In addition, because smoke particles can embed into furniture, curtains, and other materials, just by sitting down on the furniture, your skin can become very irritated and itchy.
Water damage is interesting because it does not usually get mentioned during fire damage restoration, however, water is used to douse or put out fires, therefore causing more potential damage. Because of the great amounts of water used, the water may cause some damage itself. If the water isn’t properly dried, mold can begin to grow. Mold is dangerous to your health. Like smoke it can cause trouble for your respiratory tract. As well as mold, water that sits for a long time can attract pathogens that are harmful as well.
The fire itself can weaken structures making them unsafe to live in or walk on. When you throw water into the mix, it can be even worse. This is important to be aware of because after the initial danger of the fire is gone, danger can still await inside where the fire occurred.
Ultimately, fire damage can be messy business and it truly is not something that we should take on cleaning up by ourselves. With the damage caused, your own health may be at risk too. Luckily there are professional fire damage restoration teams that do this sort of thing for a living. Most are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While not everything can be saved from fire and smoke damage, professionals are definitely the people to do the job and save the most out of it. If you reside in Milwaukee, Restore More is there to help.