Tackling a fire damage repair project can be difficult enough in its own right. What surprises some folks, however, is that the job can turn into a lot more than just ripping out and replacing charred wood and furniture. Here are some things you should look out for in the aftermath of a fire.
Efforts to get a fire out often involve water, and that can add a new layer to recovery work. Fire suppression techniques can leave you with a water damage repair job by way of the direct application of water to the fire. However, water can run off into surprising parts of a building that you might not notice until boards start warping or condensation occurs. Evaporation can also bring the water into spots far from where the fire even was, appearing in vents, attics and even insulation materials.
Heat damage to pipes can also lead to a wicked surprise down the road. Pipes that you thought had survived the fire intact can end up structurally compromised, eventually leaking or even blowing out under pressure.
Wherever there is water, there is the risk of mold. Worse, the presence of carbon from a fire can act to absorb the smell of mold, delaying the response. Just as the water can get into odd spots in your place, you can end up with a mold repair project after you've dealt with the aftermath of the fire.
It is astonishing to see how far smoke can travel during a fire. The draft of a house, for example, can carry smoke and soot into closets, cubby holes, hallways and other locations that might not have been close to where the incident occurred. Even if a fire occurred at your neighbor's place, the drift of smoke through the air can do damage to your home. If this occurs during the months when you can air your house out, you might not notice the damage until the colder months when everything is closed up.
There are many types of chemicals in modern homes and businesses. In fact, the products that are used to prevent the spread of fires, such as the chemicals used in furniture fabrics, can be emitted into the air during a fire. Many suppression efforts involve chemicals, especially in locations like kitchens where it's necessary to use chemicals rather than water to prevent grease fires from spreading.