What to do After a Fire in Your Business
What to do After a Fire in Your Business
When fire damage occurs in a business, it likely activates a fire suppression system (e.g. a fire sprinkler system, chemical system, etc.). An alarm would sound, calling in help from a round of fire trucks, firefighters, and fire hoses. Once the fire is extinguished, the business is left to pick up the pieces. No two situations are the same, whether an electrical fire or utility room fire, whether a fire suppression system is in place or not, every incident requires personalized care. Fire damage can range from minor to major, but regardless of the degree of damage, it should be handled by a fire restoration company.
Following a fire damage incident, ideally a business will contact a fire restoration company’s 24 hour customer service center to set up an emergent appointment. They are the ones that are able to move a process forward after fire trucks, firefighters, and fire hoses do their part in eliminating the actual fire. Particularly in a commercial fire damage situation, a team of professionals are invaluable to have on hand.
While at the first meeting, a technician will evaluate the effectiveness of the building’s fire suppression system and will also repair it if need be. They will also do a point by point inspection of the fire sprinkler system, smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell penetration to the structure as a whole. This evaluation will allow the technician to come up with a plan of attack.
Checking Critical Areas
In the event of a commercial fire damage occurrence, it is highly likely that it was an electrical fire or a utility room fire. These are among the most common areas that cause fires or where fires occur in a business setting. If it was an electrical fire, almost all parts of a business are impacted by this. As a result, taking care of an electrical fire as soon as possible is imperative for getting the business up and running again. It is also not uncommon for an electrical fire to directly relate or rather lead to a utility room fire. A great way to help prevent catastrophic effects of a utility room fire is to have a fire sprinkler system inside it. A comprehensive company will be able to assess what can be repaired or what needs to be replaced after a utility room fire. They will also be able to add a sprinkler system if the room doesn’t already have one.
Fixing the Damage
Between the actual fire, fire trucks, firefighters working, and fire hoses expelling thousands of gallons of water, the end result is generally one of total disarray. The fire restoration company is likely to address the water first. They will pump away any standing water and then use dehumidifiers to finish the drying process.
Smoke damage and soot damage are also among the unavoidable consequences of a fire. Soot damage is when charred debris coats furniture, walls, etc. For the most part, soot damage is an easy thing to get rid of. Smoke damage is when surfaces within the business are discolored and saturated by the presence of intense, dense smoke. If the intensity of the smoke was minor, then the smoke damage can be wiped off. If it was intense, then sometimes surfaces must be sanded and repainted or replaced altogether. A smokey smell is a secondary effect of smoke damage. The restoration company will utilize industrial strength washers in addition to fogging machines to rid the space of the odor. Especially in a commercial fire damage situation, soot damage and smoke damage can impact neighboring businesses as well.
Once the process finally reaches the rebuilding phase, the restoration company is then tasked with replacing dry wall, painting, etc. They should be well educated on coding requirements, safety and health stipulations, as well as how to maintain the aesthetic of the building. Returning the business to its pre-damage state is the most relieving point in the process.
Fire trucks, firefighters, and fire hoses are only intended for extinguishing fires. For a commercial fire damage project, a fire restoration company is the best way to move forward after such a heartbreaking event. They will evaluate your fire suppression system, install a fire sprinkler system if one is lacking, clean, and ultimately rebuild. Fire damage need not be the end of a business.
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