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What Happens When Fire and Water Damage Combine?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out a fire in a big building Fire and water damage in House, MO.

What Happens When Fire and Water Damage Interact?

Fire damage and water damage often combine in commercial properties where a fire has broken out and been extinguished. Whether the water present in the property originated from a fire suppression system or a fire hose, it is important to account for both types of damage during restoration.

Fire is often the most obvious cause of damage to the inside and outside of the commercial structure. Fire may:

  • Burn or singe carpets, furniture, or fixtures
  • Cause structural issues in the walls or roof
  • Destroy windows
  • Coat surfaces in smoke and soot
  • Fill the air and electronics with corrosive smoke

The extent of damage due to water may vary depending on whether it originated with sprinklers or a fire hose. Water may:

  • Cause organic structural materials such as wood to rot
  • Support mold growth starting in as little as 48 hours
  • Ruin porous materials such as carpet or furniture

The specific types of damage caused by fire or water can compound each other and lead to even more extensive property damage. If both types of damage are present in your property, you should contact a commercial damage restoration service with the expertise and equipment necessary to address both fire damage and the presence of water. A combination of fire and water may:

  • Intensify the effects of both types of damage
  • Permanently stain or otherwise ruin delicate contents

If your commercial property in House, MO has been affected by both fire and water damage, you should contact a certified restoration company as soon as possible. Both of these types of damage get worse the longer they are allowed to linger. The combination also increases the degree of fire damage and accelerates the rate at which the damage will intensify. Restoration experts can quickly assess the extent of the damage and come up with a plan for cleaning and fully restoring the property.

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