A house fire or fire at a business is a devastating experience for everyone involved. Unfortunately, the fire itself is only the first problem, because water damage after a fire often causes just as much, or even more, damage than the flames themselves.
Finding a contractor equipped for dealing with both fire and water damage, and getting them on the job fast, is the best solution.
How Water Damages after a Fire is Extinguished
The fire department uses water to extinguish the flames, and this water is delivered at high pressure. All of this water, while necessary for stopping the fire, often sends moisture and streams of water deep into walls, floors, and ceilings. Because it takes many thousands of gallons of water to put-out the average fire, water damage is always part of the aftermath.
Personal possessions also suffer damages from the flood of water used in extinguishing a fire. Furniture, clothing, electronic equipment, drapes, and artworks can be severely damaged by water as flames are brought under control. Quick action after the fire is the only way of minimizing this damage.
Repairing Water Damage after a Fire
The key to salvaging as much as possible after a fire is in acting quickly. Every hour that goes by after the flames are out increases the damage and reduces the possibility of saving parts of the building and the possessions inside.
The solution to recovering from water damage after a fire lies in finding a contracting company specializing in both fire and water damage repairs. When one company handles both the reconstruction from fire damage and the damage from water, you greatly reduce the chances of having any long-lasting effects from fire-caused water damage.
Tri Span Environmental is a company fully equipped for handling both damage from fire and the water used to put it out.
One of the issues dealt with during clean up after fire damage is the removal of soot. Soot is a by-product caused by incomplete combustion of fuel during a fire. Southern Californian residents who make their homes in Orange County and Los Angeles County, both regions Tri Span Environmental services, can be exposed to soot in primarily two ways.
Common Exposure to Soot
Soot particles can be found in the air when inefficient unfiltered diesel engines emit carbon particles, which may show on buildings, homes or structures exposed to air shared with freeways and highways. Tri Span can clean up building appearances and restore details of external facades in these situations, but the company’s specialty remains restoration of the second more common scenario.
Restoration & Cleanup After Home Fires
During the process of restoring a site to its original appearance after a fire, immense cleaning efforts are needed to remove soot and ash from walls, floors, and ceilings. Cleaning fire residue completely also requires the contractor delve deeper than surface areas to reach affected locations such as air ducts, vents, and registers. Removing smells from a damaged location also require checking the machinery that might have been damaged by fire such as those found in climate control equipment like air conditioners.
Appliances with air intakes, such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers, once exposed to fire can also require extensive cleaning. Soot and ash can find their way into the smallest of areas and leave a large, costly and long-lasting impact upon residents and businesses after the fire is contained and removed. Tri Span Environmental provides a variety of services to California customers for environmental and hazard clean up efforts. This means that the company is well prepared, practiced and licensed with the appropriate agencies and authorities at the local, state and federal levels.
No home is exempt from the dangers of a fire in Orange County and the experts at Tri Span Environmental Cleanup has a thorough understanding of this reality. Their team of professionals continues to strive toward adhering to the strict standards the Indoor Environmental Organization and Restoration Industry Organization have both set forth.Continue reading “Cleaning Up After Disastrous Home Fires” »