Water Damage Due to Fighting Fires

water damage corona, water damage repair corona, water damage restoration coronaIf your home has been in the path of these wildfires, hopefully  your home or business didn’t burn to the ground. Even if your home was saved, there’s still a lot of work ahead of you. Not only can the flames devour all materials in their way, but there are also after-effects caused by corrosive byproducts after the fire has been extinguished. These chemical compounds, including smoke and soot, can damage the objects and materials they encounter and leave a lingering odor.  However, the damage restoration process doesn’t end there.

When fighting a fire, the hundreds of gallons of water used will cause additional problems that need to be addressed immediately.   Fire hoses, in particular, can be harsh with the amount of power and pressure they provide.  

Considering all of the damage that ensues because of a fire, it is expensive to address the fire, smoke and water damage and restore the property. This damage has the potential to ruin your home’s structure and negatively affect your health. Take the necessary actions now, as soon as the fire has been extinguished.

Water Damage In Corona

Building Materials

Any porous material such as wooden floors or furniture will soak up water extremely quickly. When repairing damage, look up first. Damaged ceilings pose the risk of collapsing, causing even more damage to your already impacted home or business.

If you have ceiling panels, they can be replaced as needed, but other types of ceilings may need a complete replacement. Inspecting and repairing damaged ceilings after a fire is hard work; ask PRC for a thorough inspection. 

Wood that is badly soaked and damaged should be removed. Inspect floors, cabinets and doors for any signs of water damage. Drywall might be patched, or it might need to be replaced. PRC will make a plan to save money but give you the best results. 

Electrical

The electrical components in your home and the wiring behind your walls could have gotten damaged and created a  fire risk. Your electrical items such as computers and televisions probably received damage as well from the fire, smoke, and water. In many cases, these should be replaced and may be covered under your insurance.

When the home experiences fire damage, it usually means that the electrical system has been compromised: wiring, cords, outlets, switches, fuses and breaker boxes. When you add water, the problems multiply. Appliances can show signs of corrosion, experience short circuits and malfunction, or fail completely.

Carpet Damage

The critical thing about salvaging carpets at this time is to protect them from traffic during the crisis. Don’t allow anyone with dirty boots to track mud, debris and chemicals access the carpets. Carpets can hold toxic substances after severe water damage.  

Subsequent Mold Problems

Mold is a big problem and one that can be difficult to control after a fire. There are many types of mold, some are toxic to humans and pets, and quickly. Mold spores will flourish and begin to grow in your home within 24 hours. The mold will eat away at building materials like drywall, floorboards, and wood, weakening your home’s structure in the process and worsening the damage.

Thorough cleaning  is crucial to deter the growth of mold; you’ll want a detailed inspection of your home to make sure mold isn’t growing. The PRC technicians are experts at identifying potential spots that might support mold growth; trust that each area will be addressed.

If your home suffers from water damage, PRC will be your partner in recovery. PRC Restoration specializes in emergency property restoration, and is equipped to handle all aspects of water damage cleanup and restoration. The professionals at PRC Restoration are available 24/7 with a one hour response time. The technicians are trained to identify structural risks and address instability issues until permanent repairs can be made.

PRC Inc is a full-service licensed general contractor in the Ventura County area that provides emergency services, mitigation, structural repairs and construction services. For service in Long Beach and all of Greater Los Angeles, call us