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Experiencing A Fire Loss in West Asheville

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing A Fire Loss in West Asheville

Fires can cause damage both physically and emotionally. The stress and sadness that often follow a fire can be devastating. However, it's important to stay aware of what's happening in the wake of a fire, particularly when it comes to the types of damage that might have occurred. While most people look at property loss as the main kind of damage, there are many other types, as well. Paying attention and keeping an eye out for all the possible types of damage that could occur, from water to soot to bad air quality, can help you save time and money and ensure the health of those living or working in the building. It might take more time to ensure that everything is safe, but it's worth it if it saves you health problems or future damage. If you're living in Asheville NC or Alexander NC and you've suffered a fire, make sure to contact your local insurance representative and keep an eye out for these types of damage as you prepare to rebuilt and re-enter your property.

Fire Damage

The most obvious problem you'll have to deal with after a fire is fire damage, or the immediate damage caused by the fire itself. While some things might have been destroyed, it's possible that others have survived. In the wake of a tragedy, it's hard to think about sorting, but once you've been given the all clear by the fire department you should try to save as much as you can from the home or structure. Most insurance policies will replace things like furniture and other necessities, but you'll want to look for any valuables or sentimental items. That being said, it's important to know when you need to let something go. Even if you want to keep an item because it's important to you and it's only partially damaged, keeping it might cause more problems later down the road. For instance, if you keep a blanket and it has internal damage because of soot, you could wind up with health problems. Take a logical and safety-centered approach when deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, and always consult an Asheville NC or Alexander NC fire expert for advice.

Water Damage from Fire

A common but less thought about consequence of a fire is the water damage from fire prevention items like sprinkler systems. In fact, sometimes water damage is the main cause of property destruction. This happens when the fire is quickly put out, but the water damages property in the course of stopping the fire. Check with your North Carolina insurance professional immediately and see what you're covered for. If there are items that don't fall under your policy, it might be best to get rid of them and replace them. Trying to save water-damaged items can often cause issues down the road, such as mold in furniture.

Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is subtle, but it's still a problem for those who have gone through a fire. The smoke from the fire can often damage your walls, carpeting, paint, and certain fixtures. Even if the fire itself doesn't destroy an item, you'll probably want to ask your North Carolina fire expert if there is any smoke damage and what to do about it if there is.

Air Quality

Just because the fire is out and the smoke has cleared doesn't mean the air is healthy to breathe. Some people are more susceptible to toxins in the air, so it's important to ensure the quality of the air inside your home or office is safe. Before you re-enter a home or structure after a fire, make sure you've checked with a fire expert or insurance company representative to make sure it's okay to go back in. Health problems caused by breathing toxic air are common, and the cause is usually that the occupants re-entered the facility too soon. It's also important to note that just because it doesn't smell bad doesn't mean the air is okay to breathe. Often, there are particles that can't be detected with the naked senses but that can be just as harmful to you and your family. That's why it's so important to have fire experts come in and scan for any potential threats and ensure the air quality is livable before you go back in. This is also important when it comes to children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions, particularly those such as asthma.

Soot Damage

Finally, soot damage can be a major problem after a fire. Not only can it get into the carpeting and floorboards, but it can cause your home to smell terrible for a long time after. Make sure you've had professionals come in and clear all the soot before you go back into the property. Soot damage isn't always visible to the naked eye, so it's important to listen to the team of professionals helping you out. If they tell you not to go back in, then wait, because the ashes of the fire can be extremely small pieces that can embed themselves into fabric, ventilation systems, and other places, causing health problems or other issues later on.

Safety should always come first when you're dealing with the ramifications of a fire. Whether the fire was at your home or business, always make sure that it's safe to re-enter before bringing your family or employees back into the structure. A lot of the types of damage a fire can cause are subtle and invisible, even to your sense of smell, so it's important to listen to the fire experts who are working your case. Many times, fire victims are understandably in a rush to get back into their home or business and ignore the advice of experts who tell them that it's still not safe and wind up with health problems later on because of it. It's also a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home or office after a fire, just to make sure the levels are (and stay) at a healthy level. Visit http://www.SERVPROashevillewest.com for more information on fire damage.