While homeowners usually expect that they’ll need to have soot removal done and perhaps do some structural repairs, many people are surprised to find that there are a lot of other repairs that need to be made as well.
These are just a few of the home repairs you will likely have to make before you can move back into your home.
It’s not uncommon for windows to get damaged during a fire. The frames can warp in the heat, or the glass can crack or shatter completely. If your windows look to be intact, you may be tempted to move on to repairing other parts of the house.
However,you do still need to have them inspected. Heated glass becomes weak and unstable and more likely to break than it was before.
A tap on the window to get someone’s attention, high winds, or someone pressing against the glass could all cause weak glass to break unexpectedly.
Have all the windows in your home checked. While some that were farther away from the flames may be safe to keep, others will probably need to be replaced.
Water Damage Repair
There are all sorts of damage that can be caused by water during a fire. This damage tends to be caused by firefighters putting out the fire with their hoses, though it may also be caused by broken water pipes that were damaged in the fire.
Whatever the case may be, you may find that your home is in need of a lot of water damage repair. It’s imperative that you get all of this damage repaired quickly to lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growing in the home.
After a fire, talk to a water damage repair company in your area, like Servpro of Beaufort County.
Air Duct Replacement
After your home has had a fire, you should have the air ducts replaced. This is because your air ducts will often get filled with smoke, and it can be impossible to fully clean them after a fire. If you don’t replace the air ducts, you may smell smoke every time your HVAC system is on.
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In addition to the unpleasant smell, the soot in the ductwork can be dangerous for you and your family. Fine particles of ash can make their way into your lungs, as can the toxic particles made when paint, plastic, drywall, insulation, and other parts of your house burned. You’ll also be able to remove any mold that may have grown in standing water in the ductwork
A lot of individuals are surprised to find that they have to replace their appliances after a home fire has occurred. The wiring, electrical components, and any water lines that are attached to them can easily get damaged in a fire.
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Many people find that it’s a lot cheaper to just go ahead and replace damaged appliances than it is to have them repaired down the line.
If there has been a fire in your home, there’s probably all sorts of things that you need to do to make it livable once again. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize that the damage can be a lot more severe and pervasive than they expected.
This is why it’s a good idea to get your home fully inspected by professionals so that they can identify all the unexpected home repairs that you might need to make.
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