You may have heard repeatedly that homeowners need to call an insurance agent after a natural disaster, but if you are like most people you are not sure what to report. When a huge storm hits the area and hailstones the size of golf balls fall from the sky, you may be reporting very different damage to your home than if a sinkhole suddenly appears in your back yard. The same is true for blizzards of epic proportions and flooding – because every disaster has its own specific interaction with your home as it moves through the area. Here are some things to look for after a wildfire.
After watching videos of recent wildfires, it may come as no surprise that the blazes can move at almost seven miles an hour through woodlands and over 13 miles in an hour through dry grass. If you add a strong wind, that speed can double. The wildfire can also move in sporadic and unexplained ways, such as jumping across highways, skipping homes in a subdivision, or suddenly putting itself out.
Wildfires race across the surface of the ground while consuming everything the flames touch because the fires are burning at over 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit or 800 degrees Celsius. That is probably why so many homes that are left untouched by actual flames need massive home foundation repair Tulsa OK after a fire comes close to the houses.
Wildfire smoke is filled with soot from the vegetation the fire consumed. Usually, the soot is black and will stick to and stain anything it touches. This can include your home. The smoke is also filled with combustible gases that make the air dangerous for both humans and animals.
Wildfires are hazardous and can cause serious damage to your home and the ground around it. If your home is near a wildfire, call in a professional inspector to find out what damage was done that you can’t see – it was probably more than you may think.