Fire and Smoke Damage Service:
Moisture Guards Walks Through the Fire With You
The unexpected smell of smoke can signal a roaring barbecue outside – or an imminent inferno indoors. Electrical mishaps or culinary accidents alike can set buildings ablaze and leave their inhabitants with nothing but ash in the aftermath. With 45,000 houses lost to fires every year, homeowners must do everything possible to preserve their property.

The good news? No victim has to weather this tragedy alone. Partnering with the perfect restoration company can bring your residence back to its original glory as soon as possible. With services to reconstruct content, remove odors, and rebuild structures, you can count on Moisture Guards.

Before the combustion comes, educating yourself on what triggers a fire in the first place can prevent one altogether. For those who have already endured fire damage, fear not: we’ll walk you through each step towards salvaging your house.
What Causes House Fires?
Every fire requires a means of ignition. While open flames from cigarettes or candles can certainly set the house alight, more subtle means of accidental fires exist. Identifying the source of a fire can help inhibit or extinguish any potential outbreaks.
Be honest: have you ever left food on the stove while you went into another room? If so, you’re not alone – the National Fire Protection Association claims unattended cooking causes more household fires than anything else.

Instead of leaving the food to fend for itself, stay at its side at all times. If you must temporarily depart, request that a responsible adult acts as your substitute.

Cooking poses enough risks in its very nature and leaving it to its own devices is only inviting danger. However, even the most attentive chefs can suffer from an unexpected eruption. Keep a Class B fire extinguisher on hand at all times to stop any fires before they spread.
Cooking Accidents
Portable and Permanent Heaters
Space heaters can thaw even the coldest rooms in the thick of winter, but they pose a threat too. Should any of them linger too close to flammable materials, such as curtains or blankets, those fabrics could combust. Position heaters on a smooth, flat surface far from anything that could catch fire.

While portable heaters can cause problems, so too can permanent fixtures – say, a furnace. Homeowners ought to invite a professional to inspect and repair their furnaces on an annual basis. If not, the contaminants and cracked fixtures can create carbon monoxide or cause the machine to explode.
Well-installed wiring will remain invisible on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore its risks. Improper electrical work or dying wires can cause power sources, such as strips or fuses, to blow.

What are the signs of impending danger? Keep an eye out for flickering or dimmed lights, which indicate a weakening amount of channeled power. Should the power die altogether when multiple machines are in use, then the power source is in danger of overheating.

Any of these problems merit a call to a professional electrician who can repair, reposition, or replace any needed wires. Having a smoke alarm installed will help alert you to any fires while an extinguisher can help you contain them.
Faulty Wiring
The Dangers of House Fires
Fires pose more than a physical threat to your body and to your residence.
The flames can continue to afflict you and your house alike long after they burn out.
Property Damage
Even though fires start inside of a residence, their effects can impact the exterior just as easily. Heat mustered from the flames can leave cracks throughout walls and veneers.

Those openings allow for moisture to seep into and damage materials unnoticed over time. Should anything have compromised the structure of your home, those gaps will demand immediate sealing, lest moisture slip in.

The moisture itself isn’t the only issue – that dampness attracts the silent killer known as mold. Mold can thrive in environments abandoned in the aftermath of fires and wreak havoc on inhabitants’ health thereafter.

Inspect any nooks, niches, and corners throughout the house, along with basements and attics, for mold following a fire. While you could attempt to overcome unwanted mold on your own, you need not endure that stress. Why not rely on those of us at Moisture Guards who know just how to make mold disappear?
Even if mold has not invaded your household, the foundation of the house itself could have suffered significant damage. Fires hold the power to whittle away at load-bearing walls or break down the residence’s framing altogether.

That fault lies not only with the flames themselves but with the substances used to extinguish. Should a firetruck have come to douse the flames, those waters can devastate interior and exterior materials.

Are any of your floors, walls, or furnishings made out of wood? Should they have received the brunt end of a firehose, they’ve absorbed all too much moisture. That water can warp their forms beyond recognition and cause them to sway, creak, and collapse.

Firehoses house more than just moisture – each drop of liquid comes packed with chemicals. While those substances fend off flames well enough, they can damage unseen surfaces just as easily. One significant example: a residence’s ductwork.

The compounds present in a firetruck’s water supply compromise the integrity of a house’s ducts and affect the air passing through them. This contaminates an atmosphere already attempting to filter out smoke.
Structural Damage
Dangers of Extreme Temperatures
Moisture poses enough of a threat on its own, but it often partners with heat to cause even more problems. Extreme temperatures trigger sources of electricity throughout the house to overheat, blow, or even explode. This can not only leave residences without power, but it puts them at risk of another fire breaking out.

Beyond electrical threats, heat can hinder a home’s plumbing systems as well. High temperatures can melt PVC piping or even damage soldering. This allows for leaks to damage whatever remains of the residence and provides another spawning point for mold.

Mold dishes out damage to more than just a home’s floors and furnishings. It can also subject any residents thereafter to a horror show of insufferable, physical symptoms.
More than the flames can affect your health – the smoke produced endangers you all the more. Inhaling gases can inflict a number of ailments on any unlucky victim and exacerbate pre-existing respiratory issues.

Should you inhale even minute amounts of smoke, you may experience trouble breathing and excessive coughing. Significant quantities can cause symptoms such as bronchitis, shortness of breath, or asthma attacks.

Smoke impairs your eyes as much as it invades your lungs. Gases can irritate your eyes, indicated by a pervading redness over the sclera. This irritation can extend even to your skin and cause rashes to surface.

If you find yourself suffering from any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. These issues can continue to degrade your health day by day until you receive the proper treatment.
Health Problems
What to Do After a House Fire
You may find yourself in the aftermath of a house fire without a plan to repair the damages. Don’t worry: we understand the difficulties of keeping calm and can supply you with a strategy of our own.

The first step is to take your household off of the premises. Even after the fires have died out, that structure can still release debris or collapse altogether. Do not reenter the building until the authorities give you permission – find somewhere safe to stay in the meantime.

With your family safe and sound, now is the time to reach out to an insurance agent. Explain the circumstances and follow the instructions your company provides. Keep them in the loop throughout the restoration process so as not to delay any payments or repairs.
The day after the incident, request a fire report from your local fire station. Insurance agencies will need this to complete your financial approval process. Sending it over as soon as possible will prevent any potential delays.

Once the dust has settled, repairs can begin in full. However, you don’t need to brave the devastation alone. Why not lean on us and we’ll resurrect your residence from the ashes?
How We Can Help
When the flames have consumed everything you’ve become accustomed to, you need a team dedicated to bringing back every item possible. With Moisture Guards, you don’t just receive a trustworthy team – you employ people empathetic to your plight. We will not rest until we restore your residence to its best possible state.
Refashioning Furniture
Whether a single sofa or every furnishing in sight now sits in soot, we have a solution to salvage them. Our certified specialists inspect and scrub every affected object, providing each with the opportunity for restoration.
Refurbishing Structures
More than just furniture suffers the effects of a house fire – the house itself falters too. From walls to floorboards, fire damage can compromise the integrity of any structure. Whether you need a carpet replaced or a wall rebuilt, our team can replace anything and everything.
Refreshing Fragrances
The smell of smoke lingers long after the flames have died out. Fabrics from curtains and carpets alike can soak in this scent, leaving you with an unwanted reminder of your loss. Allow our professional cleaning equipment to fill each room and furnishing therein with a fresh aroma.
Your home deserves the best defender – and who better to guarantee its safety than Moisture Guards? Reach out for restoration at any time by calling (833) 377-7337 and take the next step towards revitalizing your residence.
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