Fire Damage Reconstruction for Your Business
Calling in fire damage restoration professionals will
allow your business to re-open as quickly as possible. These professionals
help you out, allowing this overwhelming process to be easier for you,
your employees, and customers. Here is an outline of what to expect during
the reconstruction process:
1. Board up services to block off unsafe and vulnerable areas.
Immediately after the fire is put out, call in professionals to board up
vulnerable areas of your building like broken windows, walls, and areas of
the roof. This will prevent further damage from weather, debris, and
vandalism, while helping prevent further structural damage. It will also
allow safer access for your insurance assessor, so they can evaluate the
fire damage and process your claim quicker.
2. Assess the damage caused by the fire.
A professional will come out and inspect your building in detail. They’ll
document the amount of damage and what saved or repaired. They will keep a
detailed list of all of the building’s contents and the recommended
processes of how to proceed. Cleaning up, repairing, and rebuilding your
property can be very complicated, so it is important to hire a certified,
reputable professional you trust who can safely and deftly complete the
process. Trying to “DIY” fire damage mitigation may lead to an unsafe
environment, and quick, cheap fixes that are not up to code.
3. Water removal to avoid mold and mildew.
Does your commercial property have standard commercial-grade sprinkler
system installed? Then each sprinkler head would have discharged between
20 and 40 gallons of water each minute from the time it detected fire
until a firefighter turned it off upon arrival, approximately 10-15
minutes later. In total, your sprinkler system could have placed almost
200 gallons of waters in your building. All together, that is enough water
to cause massive water damage. Of course, this water is preferable to a
total loss due to fire damage. It’ll also save your building from the
thousands of gallons the fire department would’ve had to use with its
hoses. Begin removing water and drying affected areas quickly after a
building inspection and board up has been completed. The longer the water
sits, the worse the damage becomes. Water damage can ruin your building’s
foundation and cause an infestation of mold and mildew.
4. Remove soot and smoke prior to restoration cleaning.
Soot and smoke can cause just as much damage to your property, if not
more. Carcinogens found in soot and smoke cause cancer and other health
problems. Professionals can clean your walls, floors, ceilings, and any
other parts of your building’s structure. Any items that have been ruined
by fire or heat must be thrown away, but some items affected by soot and
smoke can undergo cleaning and restoration to like-new condition.
5. Contaminated property cleanup.
The final step to the restoration process is to sanitize and clean your
commercial property. It’s the most important step prior to tenants moving
back in or employees going back to work. This ensures that the building is
livable again, and that everything in the building is clean, structurally
sound, and safe. Using a professional disaster cleanup company immediately
afterwards will help keep repair costs and lost business or revenue down.
Hiring professionals who have extensive experience with the fire damage
repair process, like Alpha Omega Pros, will help give you
peace of mind and restore your building as quickly as possible.