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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Emergency Water Damages

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When you think of the destruction a fire can cause in your home, water damage probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, an inferno can lead to some serious issues requiring water damage restoration. The technicians at SERVPRO of NW Monroe County have shared a few ways they have been called for water damage and extraction after house fires in Rochester, NY.

There are a few reasons serious water damage can be a larger concern for you after a house fire than the damage caused by the flames themselves:

  • Hoses & Sprinklers: Often, any attempts to put out the flames requires copious amounts of water. If you have fire sprinklers installed in your home, the flames will trigger those sprinklers to douse the entire home in water. If the fire department is called, they may need to use high-pressure hoses to drown the flames. In either case, water damage restoration should be completed as soon as possible. The longer the water sits in the home, the more likely it will lead to warped wood and mold.
  • Burst Pipes: The flames in a house fire can quickly rise to extreme temperatures, which is sometimes too much for your plumbing to handle. Serious fires can actually melt your pipes, while less severe ones may just cause leaks or rupture weak spots in the plumbing (at fixtures or connections between pipes). Turning off the water supply to your home as soon as possible after a fire is the best way to stop these leaks until you’re able to repair damaged plumbing.
  • Storm Damage: It’s not uncommon for lightning strikes or downed power lines in severe storms to cause both fires and flooding from rain in a home and furthermore, cause water damages.

If you have had some type of home emergency cause water damage to your home, it’s best to have a restoration technician take a look. You may need fire, mold, or water damage restoration, or any combination of the three. Contact SERVPRO of NW Monroe County at (585) 723-1990 as soon as possible after the emergency to avoid further destruction to the home. You can also find the team online and on Facebook.

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