Building Fires in Puerto Rico can Damage Properties Not Directly Touched by Flames
Zimmetry Environmental provides indoor environmental quality testing services to identify smoke and water damage due to building fires.
Water damage from fire suppression efforts is also a major issue following a structure fire and if it is not properly removed can quickly result in mold growth which creates its own health concerns.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year in the United States, fire departments respond to over 1 million fires of all types. These fires occur across all 50 states and territories, and Puerto Rico is no exception. Each year, fires across Puerto Rico result in numerous injuries, tragic deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.
Building fires often occur in people’s homes and businesses and can be caused by everything from electrical malfunctions and accidents to arson. Regardless of the cause, the damage and destruction caused by a building fire and efforts to extinguish it can be devastating.
Other times, damage due to a fire can be more subtle and even occur in parts of a building not touched by flames. At times, this can even occur in adjoining and nearby properties. The damage might not always be immediately evident, but it may still cause health concerns and property damage. Two common examples of this type of damage from a building fire includes smoke and water damage.
A building fire will typically produce a large amount of smoke that often infiltrates other parts of a building, such as in an apartment complex, or into properties in close proximity to the fire. Smoke contains combustion by-products such as soot, ash and char that can have damaging effects to both properties and to humans breathing the smoke filled air. It can leave behind unpleasant odors and smoke residues can cause corrosion, etching and discoloration inside a building.
“Water damage from fire suppression efforts is also a major issue following a structure fire and if it is not properly removed can quickly result in mold growth which creates its own health concerns,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “For example, a fire in a multistory building on the 4th floor can result in water damage that may be out of sight behind walls and ceilings that impacts all the floors below.”
In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, Zimmetry Environmental provides post-fire environmental and inspection services. These critical services identify smoke and water damage, mold growth and even the presence of lead-based paints and asbestos that may be a concern for building occupants and workers tasked with repairing the damaged building. Zimmetry also recently sponsored an educational video about fire, smoke and water damage that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/8tEl-BOvwNw
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their indoor air quality, environmental and compliance consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality (IAQ), asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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