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3 Types of Water Damage Your Business Might Suffer During a Fire

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage due to fire fighting in a Conroe,TX home

Dealing With The Aftermath Of Fire And Water Clean Up

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at your Conroe,TX, business can be difficult. Smoke, fire and soot damage will likely be widespread, especially if the fire affected more than one floor of your building. Along with these other issues, you will likely be dealing with water cleanup, as it can come from several sources during and shortly after a fire:

1. The Sprinkler System

When a blaze first ignites, the heat and smoke will rise and trigger the building’s fire sprinkler system. The amount of water that sprays down from the sprinkler heads can be considerable and affect electronics such as laptops, office printers and internet routers. You may be able to salvage some of these systems during fire cleanup efforts, so set them aside until they can be inspected.

2. Damaged Plumbing

Depending on where the fire took place, you might find yourself facing considerable water cleanup from damaged plumbing, such as pipes that burst from the heat of the fire. Fires that start in an employee bathroom or the building’s basement can both cause plumbing mishaps. Ask your fire damage and cleanup service technicians about whether they can drain away the water before they tackle other types of restoration.

3. Fire Hoses

Firefighters’ hoses expel gallons of high-pressure water streams in the attempt to douse a blaze. In the aftermath, you will probably encounter large puddles of standing water. If water-damaged rooms are still intact, the water could make soot and smoke cleanup a challenge, as humidity levels in that area are likely to rise the longer moisture is present, and it can encourage mold growth as well. Having the water removed as soon as possible lowers the risk of long-term structural damage.

Cleaning up after a fire affects your Conroe,TX, business usually takes much time and effort. Understanding the restoration process, including water cleanup and where water might come from during a fire, can help you face the task with confidence.

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