Fire damage often goes beyond the initial fire. While flames might have destroyed many items or structures within the house, what fires leave behind can be just as dangerous. Smoke may have seeped into every room within the house, while soot settles in the air and eventually into your lungs. Leftover ash from the fire can cause discoloration on prized heirlooms, decorations, and clothing. The fire’s dangers do not end after the flames are out.
When a house has suffered fire damage, the structure and integrity of the home could be affected. Electrical wiring and plumbing may need to be completely replaced. The inferno created by the fire might have melted PVC pipes and electrical work. Inspecting the home following fire damage can be important in knowing what work will need to be done to restore the home.
The smoke and ash left behind can settle onto everything within the house. Walls and furniture will risk smoky yellow stains the longer the ash remains within the house. The acidic nature of ash will also create etching on your glassware and windows. Home fire damage grows worse and becomes more expensive to fix if left untreated for too long.
If the damage includes the roof, there may be spaces within the house that are open to the elements. Rain could enter the home and cause further water damage added to the fire damage in the home. It can also be disconcerting to see your house so exposed to the outside world. The surrounding areas of the fire damage may also be weakened. Weak spots on the roof or along the structural integrity of the house could result in more damage down the road.
Fire damage is devastating but doesn’t have to mean that your home or your items cannot be restored. Professionals will be able to assess the extent of the fire damage and determine the best course of action for restoring the home.