Repairing Water Damage after a Fire | Orange County Tri Span Environmental

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.

Water damage from putting out a fire causes the destruction of sheetrock and plaster on ceilings and walls, and it also soaks into floorboards, plywood, and particleboard underlayment beneath the floors. Drying-out these building components takes special knowledge and equipment, such as high-powered fans and knowing where to locate them for maximum efficiency.

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.

One of the biggest dangers is in mold and mildew growing inside walls, under floors, and in crawl spaces long after the fire is out and repairs have been made. Once mold begins growing, getting it under control is difficult and costly.

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.