How to deal with water damage after a fire occurs and how is it different than normal?

After disaster strikes, prioritizing getting your home back together is among the first things that homeowners want to do. However, when a larger disaster takes place, such as a fire in your home, matters become more complicated. Lots of questions need to be answered and lots of decisions need to be made in order to get the ball rolling, but, with an experienced company on your side like IRS, we hope to allay those fears and help get your home back into pre-loss condition faster than any other company in the Las Vegas Valley.

First, let’s talk about water damage after a fire. Typically, during a fire scenario, everyone concerned is focused on extinguishing the flames in order to keep them from doing more damage than they already have. On average, extinguishing fires using a truck-mounted supply can push anywhere between 500-800 gallons of water per minute. While the fire itself does its own damage, leaving any amount of water in that environment for an extended period can and will cause its own problems.

It’s recommended to have the water extracted as soon as is possible in order to begin the dry out process. However, in many cases, electric to the house may have been disabled due to the fire, or, the meter may have been damaged. Either way, power may not be available. And, in these cases, generators have been used on site to power extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers and any other equipment that is needed in order to begin remediating the damage caused by the water used to extinguish the fire.

If there is any silver lining, the water that is being extracted is from the city main or from the fire truck, meaning that it is not hazardous and can be cleaned up without any additional issues that might come with something like a Category 3 loss (read more here…). This is not to say that it’s benign, but, if cleaned up quickly after the fact and not left to stay wet for more than 24-48 hours, then your chances of avoiding more issues is very good.

With a knowledgeable company like IRS, you can be assured that you’re in capable hands. Let us help you get back on your feet and your home back to the way it was before disaster struck.