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3 Reasons You May Have Water Damage After a Fire

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out a fire in a house Water and fire damage in Forest City, NC.

Water Damage After a Fire

When you have a fire in your Forest City, NC, home, you know there may be significant damage to the entire structure because of the flames and the heat. What you might not expect is to have to deal with a large amount of both water and fire damage. There are several reasons why your home may have been affected by water during a fire.

1. Firefighters

Firefighters are the most common reason for your home to be damaged by water during a fire. The firefighters have to use water to put out the flames in your home. When a fire hose is turned onto your residence, approximately 90 gallons of water comes out every minute. This high volume is needed to dampen a fire, but it can also cause a lot of your belongings to become drenched.

2. Plumbing

Fires cause high heat. This increase in pressure can harm the plumbing throughout your house. In fact, part of the fire damage may include scorched piping. If the pipes are engulfed in flames, they may end up bursting, which releases a deluge of water into your home. Sometimes these weakened pipes may not break until after the fire has been successfully put out.

3. Weather

A fire can expose your house to natural elements. Holes in your roof or a wall can allow rain to pour into your space and cause a myriad of water damages throughout the home. This type of damage can be avoided by making rapid repairs, but you may not be able to act quickly enough if a storm takes place the same day as your fire.

Working with a professional cleanup crew that is familiar with both water and fire damage can make your remediation process easier. When flames tear through a home, water is needed to put out the flames. While you may be happy to see the fire go out, it can be hard to manage both sources of damage without professional help.

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