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How Much Damage Does A Fire Hose Cause?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

The Importance of Recognizing Water Damage to Your Home

When a fire breaks out on your property, there’s no question that it has the ability to cause a wide range of damage. Fires cause significant damage on their own, and when they are extinguished, the water used to put it out can have an even more devastating effect on your property and belongings. Fire hoses, in particular, can be harsh on your home due to the amount of power and pressure they provide. Fire hoses can bring as much as 500 gallons of water per minute into your home. Because of this, hoses tend to cause more damage than a standard sprinkler system would. This can eventually lead to other forms of secondary damage that cause even more destruction to your home over time.


With such water damage, there is potential for mold growth. In fact, mold spores can flourish in your home within 24 hours. The mold will eat away at materials such as drywall, wood and floorboards, weakening the overall structure in your home. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, and affect the structural integrity of your home, you should call SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County to inspect your Charlotte home the minute you see water, to help prevent a mold problem, or to keep it from getting worse. If any mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


Another negative side effect from water damage is its impact on your home’s electrical systems. Once they are damaged by water, wiring, outlets and electrical boxes are extremely unsafe to use unless they are inspected professionally. This type of damage normally occurs to washing machines, kitchen appliances, furnaces, hot water tanks, dryers, and low mounted electrical outlets. Always remember, once an electrical item has touched water, it is extremely dangerous, so turn off electricity to the area if possible, and never enter water when the power is still on.


Moreover, bug infestations are also known as one of the worst effects of water damage in your home. Because bugs love moisture and water damaged areas, it creates a perfect breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes, beetles, fleas, ticks, spiders. Additionally, the hatching eggs and dying bugs can attract other insects to the affected area. 

As you can see, when your home is affected by water damage, it is imperative to take immediate action. Here at SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County, we are able to chase the water and dry it before there is secondary damage to your home. We are strategically positioned to be "faster to any size disaster," so Pineville residents can expect a speedy response, regardless of what time of the day it is. 

As the cornerstone of our business, SERVPRO’s extensive water damage restoration drying process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end, ensuring that your home is ”Like it never even happened.” 

Every water damage situation is different and because of this we tailor the drying process to your needs. However, the general process typically remains the same. These steps below follow our normal water damage repair procedure. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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