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There is more to smoke and fire damage than meets the eye. As insurance adjusters and contractors evaluate fire damage from the recent Woolsey Fire and scope the work that is needed to restore the property to pre-loss condition, some potential damage may be hidden but must not be ignored. In this post we will explore damage to concrete slabs and foundations from fire. In subsequent posts we will discuss other issues and system. As outlined in an excellent article published on the Ventura County Recovers website, “footings, slabs and foundation systems in fire-destroyed builders are not typically permitted to be re-used.” This is because the intense heat can damage both the concrete and the steel reinforcement embedded in it. The moisture barrier that’s under concrete slabs is probably undermined as well, as are any pipes that are running though or right under the slabs. In addition, current codes are more restrictive and so the old footing and foundation will likely not be in compliant and would need to be rebuilt regardless. And so, when scoping work on fire damaged homes, almost always, the removal of the existing foundation and slabs should be included, along with the building of new ones, of course. For more information or for help with your fire loss and reconstruction, please feel free to contact Mega Builders at 818-407-5533 or call Alon Toker (it’s President) directly at 818-535-5656.

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