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How a Fire Can Lead To Water Damage in Your Home

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

fire at suburban home with fireman in bucket appearing in smoke cloud behind house House fire in Olympia, WA

Fire and Water Damage

If your Olympia, WA, home has suffered from fire damage, then during the cleanup process you may want to look for areas of water damage as well. This may seem odd as fire and water are two very different things, however, there are a number of ways a fire can create conditions that lead to flooding in your home. Here’s what you should know.

1. Weakened Pipes

In some cases water damage can occur after the heat from the fire has weakened joints or other sensitive areas of the home’s plumbing system. These areas can then form crack, shake loose, or develop other problems which may lead to a pipe leak and home flooding. Fortunately, a local restoration service has professionals trained to deal with a variety of damage types that could occur after a fire.

2. Structural Damage

In some cases, fire damage can leave parts of the home’s structure weakened. This can lead to cracks or holes in the building which can then allow for weather such as rain or snow to get in causing further damage. A restoration team will usually look for these areas and tarp or board them over for added protection until the required repairs can be made.

3. Fire Suppression Efforts

Suppression efforts such as water from a fire hose can also leave damage in the home. This is because in many cases the water used to put out the fire can pool in a single location and begin to soak in if not quickly removed. A restoration service can use pumps to get rid of this water before it can cause any further problems.

When restoring fire damage in your home it’s also important to look for any water caused damage as well. Flooding can occur after a fire from heated pipes that can develop a leak, structural damage letting in rain, and even fire suppression efforts. Remember, after a fire, a restoration service can help will repairs from any damage that the residence may have sustained.

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