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3 Types of Damage Caused by Fire

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial fire in Roaring Spring, PA.

Fire Damage Comes in Three Forms

After your commercial building in Roaring Spring, PA, is affected by a fire, you may expect to take on a fire cleanup. What you might not realize is that this process has to tackle other types of damage as well, which could make a smoke and water cleanup necessary too. Your commercial fire restoration team can help you make sense of the three different kinds of damage caused during a fire.

1. Fire: When flames engulf your building, they can cause a charring effect on your walls, ceiling, roof, furnishings, flooring and other belongings. Fire can turn your once well-furnished office space into piles of ashes. Typically, a fire cleanup includes a lot of rebuilding and replacing as well as the initial cleaning.

2. Water: Water is used to put out a fire. Many business owners hope the water can quench the flames before they turn belongings into ash. When water is sprayed on a fire by firefighters and sprinkler systems, it can cause a lot of water damage on almost every surface. Part of water cleanup is drying out the waterlogged belongings to ensure mold doesn't start to grow in the space.

3. Smoke: Smoke is a byproduct of fire. The damage caused by smoke depends on the fuel that fed the fire. Burning synthetic materials may result in smoke with higher acidity, which can create a harder smoke cleanup process. Smoke often stains ceilings, floors, drapes, and windows, but it can also damage electronics and other belongings. Removing the layer of soot and deodorizing the space are often the major components of this type of cleanup.

Some of the damage caused during a fire may not be a direct result of the flames themselves, but they still need to be addressed during the fire cleanup procedure. If smoke or water cleanup is skipped, your building may have hidden problems in the future.

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