The Six Classes of Fire Damage
While no one expects to experience a fire in their home or office, nothing is guaranteed and there is always a small chance it could happen. Whether the result of old electrical wiring or a brush fire, your San Diego property could suffer serious fire and smoke damage. If you are unlucky enough to encounter a fire, the first thing you should do after the firefighters put it out is contact your insurance company. They will give you tips on how to minimize the damage caused by the fire and also protect your property from the elements prior to beginning the restoration process. The damage your property sustains will depend on the extent of the fire damage, which is divided into six classes.
Six Classes of Fire Damage
1. Class A: Fire damage caused by combustible household items like wood, paper, plastics, and rubber.
2. Class B: Damage caused by liquids or sold items that can become liquefied. This can include gasoline, petrol, waxes, and paints. Class B does not include fire damage caused by cooking liquids like corn oil.
3. Class C: Fire damage caused by flammable gasses, including propane, methane, hydrogen, and acetylene.
4. Class D: Class D fire damage is from combustible metals like titanium, potassium, and magnesium. This class is very uncommon because metals usually conduct heat away from the fire. It takes an incredibly hot fire to cause these materials to combust.
5. Class E: Class E is another unusual class as it involves both A and a B class, except electrical equipment is thrown into the mix. This does not only cause the damage to be much different, but is also makes fighting the fire much more difficult.
6. Class F: Fire damage that is caused by unsaturated cooking materials like oils and fats. Technically this damage can be a subclass of Class B, however the flash point can be much higher so it is important to recognize them separately.
Primary vs. Secondary Fire Damage
While fire damage is separated into 6 main classes, insurance companies also group damage into primary and secondary. Primary fire damage refers to all damage caused by flames to the inside and outside of residential and commercial buildings. Secondary fire is the damage that is caused by the smoke and soot that is released from the actual fire. Many times the smoke and soot can cause more damage than the primary damage. Fire damage can also leave your property exposed to the elements which can cause even more internal damage.
If you recently experienced a fire you need to call an experienced San Diego fire damage company ASAP. Do not hesitate! It will only increase the damage and repair costs. We are available for emergency services 24/7. Call now!