After a house fire, you know that you'll have to replace or fix items and parts of your house that were burned, melted, or covered in soot. When you re-enter your home for the first time, however, you might be surprised to see other damage that wasn't caused by the fire, but by the firefighters. Here are four ways firefighters may damage your home while putting out a fire.
A hole in the roof. Cutting a hole in the roof increases ventilation in the home, allowing smoke, gas, and heat to leave the building. This has several benefits. First, it clears away smoke and can add natural sunlight in the daytime, letting the firefighters see more easily inside. Second, it clears away dangerous fumes and pressure, which can cause dangerous explosions. Finally, allowing the heat to ventilate helps prevent fires from erupting again after the flames have been put out. Even if the flames have not touched your roof, be prepared to fix this damage.
Holes in the walls. Firefighters will cut holes in walls to check for flames. Sometimes house fires start as electric fires from the wires inside of your walls, and firefighters may have had to access the source. Fire can also make its way into these spaces. You may have to replace drywall and insulation.
Broken windows and doors. Firefighters use axes and Halligan tools to breach windows and doors in some cases. They may break windows to add ventilation or to enter or exit rooms. Your back door may have been broken for easier access, as well, which can also damage the door frame.
Water damage. Water is obviously the fire department's biggest tool when putting out a fire. But water can also destroy electronics, documents, carpets, and ceilings. Water from fire hoses can also drip between floors and into rooms that weren't damaged by the flames. You'll want to get an inspector to check for mold after the fire, and may need to replace soggy carpets and ceilings.
Any damage that firefighters cause when they put out a fire will also be covered by your home insurance. Your insurance inspector will also be able to tell that the damage occurred as a necessary part of the extinguishing process, so there isn't any need to worry about this extra damage. Remember that everything a firefighter does to your home is to protect themselves and your property. Contact a company like Smith & Son Building & Remodeling, Inc. for your fire damage restoration needs.