Five Long Term Effects of Fire Damage

One of Life’s Biggest Disasters
If you or a loved one has ever been through the agonizing experience of a house fire in Toledo OH, you are familiar with the extensive list of damages it can cause to a home. A lot of these results are obvious and immediately seen. But what about the long-term effects caused by fire damage?


Size Does Not Matter
First, it is important to understand that no fire, regardless of size, is localized. Long after the flames have been put out, smoke lingers in every single nook and cranny of your home. Surprisingly, small infernos can cause more damage than larger ones. Certain things, like rugs, curtains, and clothing, will need to be either thoroughly cleaned or tossed out and replaced. Every other surface in the house will also have to be scrubbed and washed, including walls, ceilings, floors, kitchen appliances, furniture, books, shelves, and so on.

Among the list of long-term effects that may occur are:

• If a fire is put out with large quantities of water, that water will need to be mopped and cleaned up as soon as possible, otherwise mold can begin to grow on every water-logged spot in as little as 48 hours. Once mold appears on surfaces like drywall and wood, the restoration process becomes much more complicated and costly.
• Unpleasant odors and stains will remain and occur once smoke has the chance to flow throughout the entire house, entering pipelines and wiring crevices.
• Once smoke reaches your ducts and vents, tiny particles of smoke linger around in the HVAC system for months or longer, without being detected. The inhalation of these particles can cause lung irritation and possible scarring of the alveoli.
• The possibility of being exposed to dangerous chemicals, which are given off from the smoke of things like a smoldering mattress or the burning of electrical wiring.
• When home-owners attempt to do their own fire damage restoration, they can end up causing more damage to their home and belongings by further spreading the fumes and particles that are already trapped inside parts of the house. This happens in part because people attempting the DIY method often neglect to clean less-obvious spaces such as air ducts and vents.

Find a Home Damage Restoration Company You Can Trust
Any time there is a house fire, a professional home damage restoration service should be sought. This is usually a multi-step process, and should be left up to professionals. They are trained to detect and treat small, less obvious issues, and they have the necessary equipment to get it done. If you’ve experienced a fire in Toledo OH, make sure to find a reputable, local home damage restoration service to take care of your needs. Take the time to do your research and find a company that is equipped to handle these catastrophic situations, rather than settling on the first company you find. In this case, you do want the best man for the job.

If your home could use some fixing up just call American Builders. Find us online at, visit us in Toledo, OH at 6222 North Summit St. (or in Monroe at 3000 North Detroit Ave. or Findlay at 431 Prospect Ave.) or call us at 1-855-693-4727 (MYDISASTER).


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