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Fire Damage and Water Damage

10/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage and Water Damage

Fire and water are the most common causes of damage in homes and businesses, so it’s important for you to know how they differ. Fire can cause severe damage to your structure or business, but water damage is a byproduct of fire. The more water used, the more water damage there will be to your structure. Water damage comes from sprinklers as well as fire hoses used by first responders. As an example: In a typical residential fire (where only one room is on fire), firefighters use about 5 gallons of water per minute while fighting the blaze; however, if they have to fight off flames in two separate rooms at once—or if they must ventilate the area after putting out a blaze—then they might need 10 times that amount of water per minute!

Fire damage is not just damage from burning.

Fire can cause smoke, heat, and water damage. Smoke can cause damage to the structure and contents of the building. Heat from fire can destroy walls and other structural components of your home. Water used to extinguish a fire often damages ceilings, floors, walls and other components of your home or business.

Water damage is a byproduct of fire damage.

The water used to put out the flames will make its way into your home, causing severe damage to any property it touches.

The more water used, the more water damage to the structure.

When a fire breaks out in your home or business, you need to call 911 immediately and evacuate everyone from the premises until firefighters arrive on scene and take control of the situation.

Once firefighters have extinguished any flames and cooled off hot spots with hoses, it’s time for cleanup. This step involves mopping up remaining water from floors and walls with towels or rags so that dirt doesn’t get into wet places on carpets or drywall ceilings; if it does get there, though, don't worry—it's easy to fix when drywall is still damp (just use joint compound).

Recognizing signs of hidden fire damage

If you suspect there might be hidden damage after an emergency situation like flooding due to broken pipes or sewage backups caused by heavy rains during Springtime months when sewage systems overflow due to saturated ground conditions after winter thaws have melted snow away; this could cause problems with sewer lines during cold spells where temperatures drop at nightfall causing frozen pipes which then burst open spewing sewage across basement floors where mold spores begin growing upon contact with moisture within minutes!

Firefighters use up to 5000 gallons of water to put out a fire in some cases.

The amount of water used to put out a fire can vary widely, depending on the size of the fire and how much water is available. Firefighters may need to call in backup from other departments, and they will often bring in tanks of water from nearby lakes or rivers. If you measure your home's square footage as 1000 square feet (SF), then a firefighter would use about 100 gallons to extinguish your fire. For example:

  • A one bedroom ranch-style house with 700 SF would require 70 gallons
  • A 5 bedroom home with 3200 SF would require 320 gallons
  • A large commercial building with 20,000 SF would require 2000+ gallons

Call SERVPRO for help with your fire and water damage in your structure or business - 715-381-2266

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