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How Can Fire Damage Cause Water Damage?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out a fire in a big building Fire in a commercial building in Sanibel, FL.

How Does Fire Damage Lead to Water Damage?

In the event of a fire, your Sanibel, FL property may need a good deal of fire cleanup work, even if there was only damage from smoke. Yet did you know you may need to handle water cleanup, as well? After a fire, water damage is just as likely as smoke or fire damage.

So How Does It Happen?

Water damage usually happens in one of three ways:

• Pressure and high-volume water saturation from fire hoses used by firefighters to douse the blaze.
• Burst water mains and pipes damaged during the fire.
• Sprinklers activated by smoke.

Each of these instances can saturate your belongings in water, which can be highly damaging for electronics and inventory. Water cleanup is imperative as you recover your property from catastrophe, and to prevent additional health and safety issues caused by standing or stagnant water.

How Can I Prevent Water Damage?

It may not be possible to wholly prevent water damage when much of it happens during times when you should either be in the process of evacuating the building or should have already evacuated. However, you can make it a practice to cover your inventory with waterproof materials, and cover your electronics once you leave for the day.

How Do I Clean Up After Water Damage?

The first step of water cleanup is safety. Water conducts electricity, and after a fire, you may have exposed wiring or other safety hazards. Do not enter the building until a fire professional has cleared it as safe. Once you are able, dry the building as much as possible. Mop water from the floors and wipe down any surfaces. Open windows and doors to air everything out, and tear out waterlogged carpet and drywall. Haul anything wet out into the sun to dry. Take inventory of everything water-damaged and keep accurate records for your insurance company.

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