As one of the most devastating elements on earth, fire is capable of completely destroying homes, businesses and other belongings with rapid speed. So, what happens to a property once a roaring blaze has been extinguished by the fire department? Where does all of that water go? What is the first step to recovering your belongings and beginning the process of restoration? The first thing you want to do after a fire is call fire damage cleaning experts like X-treme Cleaning Solutions. If you rule out deliberate setting of fires (arson) then there are a few common causes of indoor fires:
These are extremely common starters of residential fires, and account for over 15,600 house fires in the US alone each year. Even more dangerous than the candles or lit cigarettes themselves are the lighters or matches used to light them – especially when they’re left where children can get hold of them.
Common in both residential and commercial settings, cooking fires relate to fires started at the site of meal preparation (like an oven or stovetop). These types of fires often occur when pots or pans are left unattended for long periods of time, but can even start spontaneously due to residual greases within ovens or on stoves becoming overheated.
Short circuits on electrical systems cause countless fires each year in South Africa. Affecting the residential, commercial and industrial sectors alike, electrical fires are especially dangerous since they can flare up at any time, and spread rapidly.
These affect the industrial sector prodomenantly, and occur when volatile vapors from chemicals like petroleum and similar substances reach flash-point temperatures or come into contact with an open flame or heat source.
Important to remember about fire damage is that burnt refuse and other substances, like plastics, give off carcinogenic fumes that are highly toxic to humans and animals alike. The last thing you want to do once the fire department have left is to go inside to assess the damage. Rather call the professionals first. We will assess the damage, clean up the waterlogged areas, remove soot damage, and deodorise the scene. Get in touch with us should you require fire damage cleaning services in South Africa!