You may have never considered that fire damage and water damage go hand in hand. However, in most cases where there is a house fire, there will be fire damage along with water damage. Here are some of the ways that Cousino Restoration has seen house fires requiring fire and water damage repair in Toledo.
Extinguishers And Water Hoses
The first and most obvious reason why a fire would water damage is from the firefighters using their extinguishers and water hoses to douse the flames. You can’t blame the firefighters for doing their job, but the damage from the water can be just as extensive as the damage from the fire. It is likely that you would have to replace the building materials where the fire was anyway, so the water damage might not seem like a big deal. However, if the water is let to sit for a long period of time, it could spread to other places in your home. A lot of times, you are unable to enter your home until you have been given the go-ahead by the fire marshal, so it is inevitable that the water damage will be more extensive than the fire.
Hole In The Roof
Another thing that firefighters often do if there is a big fire is venting the roof. They do this by cutting a large hole through the roof of the home to allow smoke to get out. This can be very effective for helping firefighters extinguish a fire, but it is obviously damaging. The hole will, of course, need to be patched, but if there is a heavy rainfall before this can happen, and no one has put down a tarp, then the home could become even more damaged from the rains requiring you to have even more fire and water damage repair work done.
A home fire can also get so hot that it can burn and melt pipes. This can cause lasting damage that will be impossible to get to until the home has been cleared for entering. These can cause huge messes with tap water or even sewer lines. You will definitely need professional help for your fire and water damage repair in these cases, and you should try to avoid contact with any dirty water if at all possible.
If you have a fire in your home, it is almost certain that you will experience water damage as well, though you might not realize it. It is very important that you have a professional repair all of your damaged areas because the damage could be much more spread out than you can see from the exterior. Within the walls of your home, you could have mold growth or structurally weak wood boards holding up your house. Even allowing soot to sit for long periods of time can cause damage to your home. Make sure to call a professional for a consultation as soon as possible.