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Does Your Home Have Water Damage After A Fire? Probably!

Jun 25, 2008
If you are the victim of a house fire, the first thing on your mind will be the safety of your family. The second thing, however, will be getting back into your home to assess the damage and salvage any items that you might be able to save. Most of the cleanup work will have to be done by professionals, but there are little things that you can do yourself before the cleaning crew gets there to help you get your home back in order.

Whatever you do, stay out of the home unless you are absolutely certain that the electricity is off. People would not normally think that fire damage usually means water damage, too, but the fact is that when firefighters respond to a house fire, the water that the hose leaves behind in your house soaks almost everything in that area! Not only that, but the puddles left behind could get you electrocuted if there was any electrical damage to the interior of the home.

You will want to immediately record any damage that was done to the home before any cleanup or restoration begins so you have an accurate record to show your insurance company. Without an accurate record of the damage done, your insurance company will not know how much money to give you to compensate you for your losses.

You will also need to collect any important documents that are able to be saved in your home and if you did not own a fire and waterproof safe before the fire, this would be the perfect time for you to get one. You might think it unlikely that another fire could happen to you, but a second fire happens more often to people than you might think.

When you get back in the house, try to walk on the carpet as little as possible because you do not want to rub the soot down into the carpet, since this will only make it that much harder to get out later. Do not use an upright vacuum cleaner to vacuum your carpet with because they have bristles that will only work the soot into the carpet.

Any wet furniture should be taken outside and allowed to dry out as soon as possible. Since you are not dealing with flood water (which is often contaminated with sewage, chemicals, and bacteria), it is fine to keep upholstered furniture like couches and chairs instead of replacing them.
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