The holiday season is in full swing here in West Michigan. We at Disaster Response love the holiday season and know that most of you do, too. However, we also know that the holiday season brings with it it’s share of hazards that can cause not only fires, but also water damage. Yes! Fires are often the source of water damage. But how? Today, we are going to talk a little bit about the water damage that subsequently occurs with a fire.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers and the water used to extinguish the flames will not only put the flames out but may cause mild flooding in your home as well. The main objective as you would assume is to get the flames out and save as much of your home as possible: it is not to control what will get wet. Also, due to the combination of the heat of the flames and water, extreme humidity is also a result, giving mold the opportunity to begin to call your house it’s home. For these reasons and the fact that, in a sense, more damage occurs after a fire due to the acidity of smoke, it is absolutely crucial to contact fire and water damage restoration specialists right away. The damaging effects of water (and mold), and smoke start working on your home right away.   

Broken Pipes & Plumbing Problems

Depending on the extent of the fire, water damage can result from broken, melted faucets and pipes. The extreme temperatures often experienced in a fire can easily melt these fixtures, causing water to leak profusely and flood your home or business. After a fire it is also a priority to get the main water valve to the house shut off to avoid even more damage to your home after the fire. The water leaking from sinks, piping, and other plumbing fixtures can cause massive damage to the flooring and walls of your home and business.

Holes and Breaches

Depending on the heat and size of the fire, i.e. the amount of damage inflicted, a home or business can be left susceptible to the elements due to holes in the roof, melted or broken windows, missing doors, and other related parts. For this reason, it is also crucial to get your home sealed with tarps, boards, and other effective patching materials to seal your home in the case of rain, snow, hail, and other wet weather. Sealing your home completely is important; even if your roof is sealed, water running down your walls, through broken drainage systems, and rain blowing in the wind can still damage the interior of your home.

After Fire Musts

We hope that you will never need our fire and water damage restoration services. However, we want you to know that if a fire should happen because of a holiday candle was knocked over or the electrical system can’t support your beautiful extravagant holiday decorations, we are here for you. To review, here is what you must do after the flames of a fire are put out.

Turn Off the Water

As soon as it’s safe to do so, turn off the water supply to your house to avoid further damage. Wait for a disaster professional, if you must wade through water to do so or if your property isn’t safe to enter.

Seal it

Though you will need to also get the smoke out as well, remember to seal all openings of your home to protect from the interior from the weather.  

Call Disaster Response

After the flames are put out, be sure to call Disaster Response! We are certified and trained disaster responders and can offer fire and water damage restoration to those in the West Michigan area. We can not only help you pick up the pieces, but we can help you through the insurance claims process as well. If you’ve recently been a victim to a fire, call Disaster Response now!

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