A house fire may be one of the most frightening scenarios any homeowner can imagine. A moment of carelessness can destroy a lifetime of treasured mementos and cause serious injury or death. While the actual flames are dangerous, the smoke they produce is the leading cause of death and property damage in a house fire.
Smoke inhalation causes more deaths in house fires than actual flames. Carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and phosgene irritate the lungs and can cause confusion and disorientation, making it more difficult to get out of the burning building.
Many house fires do not destroy the entire structure, although they do lead to smoke and water damage throughout the house. A cooking fire, for example, may be contained to the kitchen and perhaps one or two adjacent rooms, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the house will be habitable. Smoke can quickly penetrate into other areas of the house, leaving thick deposits on walls and furniture. Smoke can also damage the foundation and structural supports throughout your home.
Water damage is a common and unavoidable consequence of a house fire. When fire fighters enter your home to put out the flames, they aren’t going to worry about what else gets wet. Their primary concern is containing the fire.
Never re-enter a fire-damaged building until a professional fire damage restoration team has inspected it. They will examine the structure to ensure that it is safe to enter the building. Once they have verified that the building has not sustained structural damage, they will assess the smoke and water damage.
Restoring Your Home After a Fire
Rebuilding the damaged areas of your home may be the first thing on your mind. A qualified fire damage restoration company like ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell will begin by performing a thorough safety inspection. During this process, they will assess the damage and explain the entire restoration process, including cleaning and deodorizing areas of your home that may not have been directly impacted by the fire. These areas may have lingering odors of smoke that will make your home uncomfortable to live in. A professional restoration team will use stat