In addition to fire, smoke and soot damage, house fires often lead to significant water damage. The firefighters who are trying to extinguish the flames have one mission – and that’s to put out the fire. In the process, your floors (and often all the padding beneath them) get completely soaked. If the fire is on an upper floor, the water firefighters use can flood the area, and the water has to go somewhere… and thanks to gravity, it goes through your ceiling and hits the floors on the first floor.
That means you probably need to replace your carpet in most (or in some cases, all) of your house.
Should You Replace Your Carpets After a House Fire?
After a fire, the water in your home needs to be removed as soon as possible. Conditions for mold and mildew growth are excellent after a fire, so it’s essential that you have a fire damage restoration expert come in and dry things out. Having an expert come in will minimize the chances of mold and mildew being able to grow – and it’ll increase the chances of salvaging some of your belongings.
However, in many cases, the carpets can’t be saved. The water that seeps into them is often contaminated by soot, chemicals that came out of your other items during the fire, and smoke.
Often, you’ll need to replace all your carpeting. Unfortunately, water can seep beneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood, as well. It’s essential that you talk to your fire damage restoration pro about your floors so you understand your options.
Do You Need a Disaster Remediation Expert in Washtenaw County or Jackson County?
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