The Long-Term Effects of a House Fire

Posted by: CORE Team Inc. on June 20, 2023

A house fire is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. The long-term effects of a house fire can vary depending on the severity of the fire and the extent of the damage, the potential long-term effects are endless, but here are some we consider when we come to a home after a fire:

Health effects: Fire can release toxic smoke and chemicals into the air, which can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues. Prolonged exposure to smoke and chemicals can increase the risk of cancer and other chronic health conditions. If the smoke damage in your home is not remediated in a timely manner, these toxins can make their way into the body systems of your loved ones and family members.

Property damage: A house fire can cause significant damage to the structure of your home and your personal belongings. This can result in costly repairs or replacement of damaged items, and can also impact the value of your property. Losing sentimental items and heirlooms can also take an emotional toll on those who lived in the home.

Emotional trauma: A house fire can be a traumatic experience, and it can take time to recover emotionally. Some people may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other emotional difficulties as a result of the fire. After a house fire, it is important to get the mental health care needed for all members of the household. Addressing these feelings right away can prevent long-term emotional distress.

Displacement : If your home is severely damaged in a fire, you may be forced to relocate temporarily or permanently. This can disrupt your life and cause significant stress and financial strain. There are some services and organizations that can help you relocate if assistance is needed!

Financial strain: Rebuilding and repairing a home after a fire can be expensive, and it may take time to secure insurance payouts and other forms of financial assistance. This can put a significant strain on your finances and impact your ability to recover from the fire.

A house fire can have long-term effects on your health, property, emotions, and finances. It's important to work with your insurance company and other professionals to address the immediate aftermath of a fire and plan for the long-term recovery process. If your home has been impacted by a house fire, just know that our team is there to support you through it all. Not only can we help restore your home to its pre-fire state, we can also help guide you through the process with insurance and other aspects. Call us today to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

DIY soot removal is not recommended. Commercially available products can actually cause permanent damage to surfaces. Soot itself is primarily oil-based, but that residue also contains toxic, possibly biohazard contaminants.

It's never a quick fix, though we've gathered together a multi-disciplined team of contractors and technicians to work in tandem to complete the work as soon as possible. From structural repairs to sand/soda-blasting to odor removal to contents cleaning, our fire damage restoration crew begins as soon as the project scope is determined, and we don't stop until the job is done and both you and the insurance company are satisfied with the results.

Depending on the extent or location of the fire damage, some homeowners can move back in a few days or longer. The fire department will usually turn off electricity and gas to the property immediately, which won’t be restored until a building inspector says it’s safe to turn those utilities back on. If you experienced significant smoke damage and the home’s occupants include elderly persons, young children, or those with chronic health conditions, you may be wise to stay until the smoke cleanup is complete. Contracting with a company experienced in fire damage restoration can often get you back home sooner because they’ll have the resources to hire and manage the many tradespeople who will need to work together to make the home liveable again.

Smoke damage is rarely limited to one area of the house, and it leaves behind a residue that can hide in crevices and out-of-reach areas, and a simple "airing out" may not be sufficient. We recommend consulting with a smoke damage technician who can help you troubleshoot the next steps.

Most often, yes. You'll need to check your specific policy for the full scope of coverage, but generally, if the damage was caused by a flame, it's covered. Your best bet is to hire a professional restoration to help you through the claims process. We know how to avoid some common missteps when it comes to making sure the entire loss is documented and covered. Many homeowners and insurance companies forget, for instance, to consider that your HVAC system will need to be cleaned of soot, and since fires are extinguished using water, many areas of your home may need to be restored due to water damage even if they weren't directly affected by the fire.

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