Water or Fire Damage: Which One is the Lesser Evil?
Having to deal with any sort of damage to your home is a stressful situation and since there is no point in crying over spilled milk, the best thing you can do is move on and see what you can salvage.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly which type of damage is ‘’best and worst case scenario’’ since there are always terrible consequences to be dealt with. Whether your home has been a victim to a fire or a flood, trying to save what is left when the smoke settles is a daunting and dangerous task.
You might try to and salvage some belongings yourself, but the safest and most efficient way of handling the aftermath is getting professional help from people who deal with this type of disasters on a daily basis.
It’s hard to pick one over the other because both fire and water are harmful in their own sense, but if you’d have to make that type of decision and choose a lesser evil then you’d probably go with water.
Water damage can be caused by a flood, storm, or a leak within the house. It does not directly endanger your life, but your house and belongings are going to be the ones to take the hardest hit.
However, a mitigating circumstance is that water does not spread as easily and quickly throughout the house as fire, and there are ways you can isolate certain areas to prevent additional damage, if possible.
It would be wise to place objects with a risk of leaking in lower levels of the house like a basement so that you could easily seal that area off and prevent damage from spreading further.
The Aftermath of Water Damage
Although water does not pose a direct threat to your life, it might still be harmful to your well-being. Mold is one of those unwanted guests that follow up a flood within 48 hours or less of occurrence.
There are certain materials like wood in the floor that suffer from the mold as well and cause decay and additional damage to the structure of the house, depending on how long exposure to water has lasted and how far the mold has spread.
Water Damage Restoration
Just like fire, water damage is very serious and it is not recommended tackling it on your own. Even if the damage seems to be minor, you should take no risks and contact a professional company. They will know how to best estimate the severity of the situation and propose further action.
The important thing to note is that water damage needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the less salvageable your belongings become, and the area becomes more convenient for the growth of bacteria and mold.
Fire is probably your fiercest enemy because it spreads very quickly and leaves only ashes behind. Not only do your house and belongings get destroyed, but your own life is endangered.
Fire can be caused by faulty installations, gas leaks, carelessness, or any other flammable source left unattended. It usually does not start big, but it spreads very quickly and within minutes your house can be burned beyond recognition.
The most important thing you can do at that moment is evacuated the premises and contact fire service, or if you notice it while it’s still small you can try and react quickly by putting it out with an extinguisher, blanket or water.
The Aftermath of Fire Damage
Unfortunately, fire does not come alone, it is accompanied by smoke that might cause even more problems than the fire itself. It is especially dangerous to absorptive materials like wood. During a fire, the damage is not only kept on the surface levels, but the smoke works its way to the inside as well and causes destruction from within.
Fire Damage Restoration
It is definitely not recommended to start a salvaging process after everything had settled down on your own, especially due to the fact that there probably is also water left all around as it was used to put the fire out.
We can definitively conclude that fire is the winner in this comparison because it leaves total chaos and destruction behind, and to add insult to injury there is additional water damage in the equation.
As mentioned above, there is no better alternative to a restoration company with professionals equipped with knowledge, experience,and tools to deal with these catastrophes.