A fire in a home can spread more quickly than you might think, with many fires spreading from the source to fully engulfing the structure in a matter of only two minutes. This means that the damage left by house fires is often very severe, requiring extensive labor in order to correct. This is especially true in Utah, which is one of the driest states in the nation.
Here at Utah Disaster Restoration Services, we have years of experience in cleaning up after fire damage. We can help you manage minimize the damage and then repair and restore your house to its original state to make it a safe space for habitation once again.
Most Common Causes of Fire Damage
The overwhelming majority of house fires start in the kitchen. Here is a brief rundown of common causes of fire in the home, with the most common listed first.
- Cooking equipment
- Heating equipment
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment
- Smoking materials
What Fire Damage Can Do to Your Home
A house fire causes serious damage to a home on a number of fronts. First, of course, flames and heat can burn and destroy just about anything in a home. In addition, smoke can seriously infiltrate throughout the home, making it an unfit place to live and compromising even more of your possessions. Then, of course, there is the water damage caused by the water that was used to put out the flames. When firefighters are working to save a building from fire, they may cut holes in the walls to look for any hidden flames, or create a hole in the roof and windows to allow heat and smoke to escape.
Other types of damage that can stem from a house fire include:
- Indoor air pollution
- Walls with stains and strong odor
- Smoke settled on surfaces and in crevices
- Smoke and soot in the HVAC system
- Water damaged electrical components
- Mold growth
What To Do if You See Signs of Fire Damage
If your home has seen a house fire, no matter how small, it is important to have a professional restoration service inspect your home for signs of fire damage. Without the proper care and attention, your home could be host to all kinds of health and safety hazards. Painting over smoke and soot ridden walls, for example, could seal in the odors left by smoke. Inadequate inspection of your home’s utilities, meanwhile, could leave you using the electricity in your home when it is highly unsafe. If your Utah home has seen recent fire or smoke damage, be sure to give us a call as soon as possible.