More Than Smoke, Soot And Fire: The Many Layers Of Fire Damage And Why Each Needs Its Own Repair

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When you think of fire damage repair, you probably envision walls of a home chewed up by flames. However, fire damage encompasses much more than just fire-licked walls and cinder-crusted timbers. When you hire a fire damage repair expert, he or she has to assess the damage for five different levels of fire damage.

Smoke Damage

Even if the fire in your home never turned into a raging inferno, there is still smoke damage. Smoke damage leaves behind unpleasant burnt odors and murky gray films on the affected areas. No amount of air freshener or cleanser can remove that. Fire damage repair helps peel paint and replace drywall sections that the smoke affected.

Soot and Ash Damage

As your house burned, soot and ashes were carried up by the heat and winds and then resettled on other areas of your home. The soot and ashes blackened everything they touched, and much of it can be toxic to human airways. A fire damage repair expert has to carefully remove all of this soot and ash before even attempting to scrub walls and replace damaged sections of your home.

Fire Damage

This is the typical type of damage encountered in a home that has been on fire. The flames have eaten away parts of walls and may even have caused structural damage. The most severe fire damage cases make homes a complete loss, while milder forms may may the homes uninhabitable for a short time. A contractor will strip out everything the fire destroyed and replace it with new lumber, drywall, plaster, paint and electrical wiring and plumbing as needed.

Water Damage

Yes, water damage is a part of fire damage repair and restoration. Since the firefighters had to use a lot of water to put out the fire in your home, that water soaked much of your house and can cause mold to develop. Everything that is wet after the fire has been extinguished needs to be gutted and replaced. Sometimes the water damage can be worse than all of the other kinds of fire damage combined. Be sure your contractor is licensed for all of the above or you may have to hire more contractors to address all of the problems associated with your home's fire.

Finding the Invisible Damages

Sometimes after a fire, there are damages to your home which you cannot see. These damages often include your home's electrical system and wiring, which may require a complete replacement, as well as damages to plumbing and walls that abutted the ones that were on fire. Your contractor is responsible for checking out all of the other areas and major systems in your home such that the visible as well as the invisible damages are addressed and repaired.

For more information, contact Advance Companies, Inc. or a similar company.

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