How One Kind Of Home Disaster Can Lead to Another

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If you ask a homeowner what they worry about happening to their house, they will likely mention something involving a house fire or flood. No one wants any of these disasters to happen to them. Unfortunately, many people who do experience them find out that when they have one kind of disaster, they often end up having another kind along with it. Here are some things you should know about these home disasters and how you can try to minimize the damage.

House Fires

Fire is very damaging, and it is the last thing you want to experience in your home. Housefires can be caused by a variety of things, including open candles, cooking accidents, and electrical malfunctions. When a small fire occurs, you may be able to put it out before it causes too much damage on your own. However, if a fire is too big or too fast for you to contain yourself, you should immediately evacuate your home and call the fire department. 

Once the fire is out and it is safe for you to re enter your home, you will likely find other kinds of damage than just that caused by the flames. Smoke and soot damage can extend to anywhere in your house. Your home’s structure, plumbing, and electric wiring may require some replacement or repairs. You may also find water damage.

Water Damage

Water damage can be caused by leaky pipes, a damaged roof, bad weather, broken appliances, and overflowing toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. Following a house fire, water damage can also occur because of the water used to put out the flames. Once the fire is out, there may be standing water left in the house. While the immediate threat of the fire is gone, water damage still needs to be taken seriously. You do not want it to remain in your home for long.

Like fire, water can damage all of the materials that make up your house. You may discover problems with electricity. If there is standing water in your home, it is important to allow the fire department to tell you that it is safe to enter because standing water that has come in contact with the electric outlets on the walls can be charged with electricity. For your safety, wait until you know it is okay to enter the home. If you do not get the water removed and the damage repaired quickly, you may find mold forming in your home.

Mold

It can take as little as twenty-four hours for mold to begin to form after water damage occurs. Mold may sound like a minor problem, but it is very dangerous. Mold affects the air you breathe and can be harmful to your health. It can also cause damage to your home’s foundation and structure, just like water and fire. Repairing water damage as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent mold from forming and spreading.

If you have any disasters occur in your home, including fire, flooding, and mold, call Precision Fire and Flood. We will help take care of the damage and restore your home safely, so you can get back to living comfortably and with peace of mind.