Every year, fire and smoke damage over 300,000 homes in the United States. Annually, the financial toll is in excess of $5 billion; far worse is the loss of several hundred lives. While nothing will replace a loved one lost in a home fire, you can reclaim some of your financial investments with proper remediation and cleanup.
To understand the extent of fire-related damage, and how to recover from it, you need to know a little about fire itself.
FIRE AND ITS DESTRUCTIVENESS
A fire produces dry heat. After the flames are is extinguished, a ‘humid’ fire remains. It is not unheard of to see humidity from the smouldering residue reach up to 100 percent. The high relative humidity often causes extensive property damage, especially to wood-based objects. When the wood in furniture or walls becomes wet, its pores open and it absorbs smoke and its accompanying odor. This odor is both unpleasant and very difficult to remove.
Fires are often classified as having either low or high oxygen content; each type is known for causing a unique kind of damage. A low oxygen fire smoulders and leaves behind a wet, smoky residue. A fire classified as high oxygen produces a dry residue that is usually easier to remove.
Flames are not the only destructive aspect of a home fire. Smoke causes massive amounts of damage to property as well. Smoke is corrosive and easily damages a broad range of a home’s valuables. Damage is often exacerbated when you touch an item barehanded; the combination of smoke’s acidic by-products and finger oils can mar finishes and metals. Therefore, always wear gloves during fire recovery efforts; for best results, wear nitrile gloves.
Along with causing a pungent odor, smoke can damage the integrity of a home’s wooden structures. Although the immediate destructiveness of smoke is not as great as that of fire, over time smoke can cause a home to be unsafe. Before you move back into a home damaged by fire and smoke, have a certified professional inspector confirm its liveability.
CALL THE EXPERTS
If you or a loved has suffered the trauma of a home fire, you no doubt want to recover as much as you can, as quickly as you can, and without suffering any further economic setback. Your friends at J&M Keystoneare ready to help; call us today for a free estimate.
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