The prospect of dealing with water, mold or fire damage in a home is bad enough, but there are scenarios where you may end up with concerns involving two out of the three or even all three. If you're in a situation where you're dealing with any one of these issues, it's wise to consult with a water damage professional regarding what can be restored, what will need to be repaired and what may have to be demolished and replaced. Here are a few tips as you move forward with that process.
Don't Assume One Type of Damage Precludes Another
It's easy to think of fire damage, for example, as charred remains, but the effort to put out a fire can lead to a cascading effect. A fire in the attic might lead the fire department to spray water onto the roof. That water gets into the walls, even in areas where the fire wasn't, and pretty soon you're dealing with a water damage restoration and mold remediation project.
Get on the Problem Quickly
Let's say the floor in your bathroom was flooded due to a busted pipe. It seems like a really dry stretch during the fall, and you think it might be worth see whether nature will be nice enough to dry the floor out for you. Opening up all the doors and windows to air things is out is, at best, a good start in coping with water damage. Unfortunately, water tends to find its war downward, getting into spaces between wood and flooring where air simply isn't going to produce enough flow to dry things out. It's not long in such a scenario before mold begins to grow.
Seek Professional Advice
Most people are simply not qualified to render judgments about things like whether fire damage is just superficial or if supporting structures in a building have been compromised. A trained technician can visit your location, assess what happened and see the signs that something bad has happened. They can then provide you with a list of things that'll have to be removed, what can be fixed and what might simply need a fresh coat of paint.
Something that catches folks off guard is smells that permeate a house long after fires or floods. You might not notice the full scent of a building until you close it up when it during the winter cold or summer heat.