21 Mar 2018

Exploring the Hidden Dangers of Fire and Smoke Damage

house on fire

house on fireHouse fires are destructive on so many levels, from the damage caused by the flames to the injuries residents may incur due to heat and smoke exposure. Although some of the damages are obvious, others are not very apparent.

Thus, it is essential that you work with a fire damage restoration professional immediately to restore and reduce the damages caused by smoke and fire. If you choose to call a professional later rather than sooner, these hidden dangers could cause further harm to you and your property.

Disturbed Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral used in constructing many areas of a house. A fire can disturb this material and cause some of the fibers to spread through the air. The inhalation of these fibers can irritate and scar the lung tissues. Moreover, breathing in asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.

Unseen Structural Damage

House fires compromise structural integrity. Even if the flames just burned a small area of your house, the heat could still weaken some foundational spots in your home. When these spots could no longer handle the pressure, it can trigger a collapse.

Foul Odor

Smoke and fire damage leaves an undesirable smell in your clothes, drapes, carpets, furniture, and other things in your home. This unpleasant odor is difficult to remove. Scrubbing using a laundry detergent will not eliminate the smell.

Hazardous Mold and Mildew

putting out a fireSome of the water used to extinguish the fire will remain in your home. It could result in the development of mold and mildew, which can irritate the lungs. Moreover, the dark, damp areas in your house could be a breeding ground for black mold. This type of mold is difficult to detect and can cause neurological and mental problems, vision problems, and skin issues.

Disturbed asbestos, concealed structural damage, unpleasant odor, and mold and mildew are some of the hidden dangers of fire and smoke damage. Following a fire, it’s important to take action right away to prevent these dangers from compromising your health and further damaging your property.

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