Fire is a huge destroyer of homes, so much so that even when a fire does not completely devastate a building, it may create problems for years to come. If you are considering a property that has a history of fire damage, what are some things you should think about?
While a fire can be extremely destructive, very often, most of the damage will not be as a result of the fire itself. For example, fire creates a huge amount of smoke so even if a fire is contained in one room, the whole house could experience smoke damage. If this has not been cleaned up properly, it may cause a variety of health issues such as respiratory problems.
Naturally, when a fire breaks out the most important thing is to extinguish it as quickly as possible.
Firefighters will do whatever is necessary in order to put out a fire, this usually results in a lot of water damage to the building. If water damage is not dealt with immediately, this may create some serious problems for the home such as mold. Mold growth, as we know, is very dangerous and can be a huge health hazard.
Fires also leave behind caustic, harmful substances. Because these dangerous substances are not visible, they pose a real risk for anyone living in the home.
If you are concerned whether the home you are looking at is safe and free from the effects of fire, be sure to involve your home inspector who can help to ascertain the true condition of the home.