Having a house fire is a traumatic experience. Not only do you have to contend with the damage from the fire itself to your Tampa, FL home, but there are also other hazards that occur in the aftermath. Toxins left behind from a house fire and the methods used to put it out can be harmful to your health, so it’s important to hire professionals for the cleanup.
Soot and Smoke from a House Fire
Even though the fire has been put out, the smoke and soot are still present. Soot is composed of small carbon particles and also contains chemicals, acids, metals and dust. The soot will slowly settle and accumulate on the surfaces inside the home over several days.
The acids and chemicals in the soot are toxic and can cause harm to your lungs, if you breathe them in, and to your skin and eyes on contact. Breathing in smoke and soot can cause bronchitis, asthma and potentially cancer.
Soot should be cleaned and removed by professionals with specialized techniques and equipment. This type of cleanup requires their expertise and knowledge.
Besides the smoke and soot, there may be water pooled inside and out. This water is hazardous and will contain the same toxic particles as the soot. It should not be touched but left to professional water mitigation technicians to remove.
Mold and Mildew
Once water enters your home or other buildings, it can cause further problems. Moisture left behind after the fire can cause an increase in biological growth of mold, mildew and fungi.
You will need a water-mitigation expert to assess the water damage, remove the water and make repairs as needed. If you find any mold or other biological contaminants in the months after the fire, it is highly important that you have them removed by a professional service.
It’s understandable that you’ll want to rescue your important memorabilia and other belongings from a fire-damaged house. However, the health of your family is more important, so we encourage you to contact professionals to mitigate potential problems before you enter the house to try and locate your personal belongings.
ServiceMaster 24 Hour has the expertise and experience to provide the fire damage restoration you will need. Give us a call today to learn more about our restoration and remediation services.