Damage to Watch out for After a Fire
Common Types of Damage After A Fire
When a fire happens on your commercial property, firefighters and sprinkler systems will do everything they can to put the fire out. While this is definitely a good thing, it does create additional considerations for you during the restoration process. In the hours and days after a fire, water cleanup is just as important as removing smoke and fire damage for maintaining the value and integrity of your property. Here are some tips for dealing with common types of damage after a fire:
- Direct Fire Damage
Fire is an incredibly destructive force when allowed to reach high temperatures. Fire cleanup often requires property restorers to simply remove surfaces or items that have been burned. While some items are often possible to restore, electronics, roofing, and structural elements of a building may have to be replaced entirely at the expense of the insurer or property owner.
- Water Damage
Certain items and surfaces are more vulnerable to water damage than others. During the water cleanup phase of restoration, you should dry furniture and other relatively porous possessions as quickly as possible so that mold cannot colonize them. It is also critical that restorers remove any residual water left on your flooring, as this can infiltrate surfaces and cause mold and structural damage.
- Smoke Residue
Smoke can create residues that are both unpleasant to smell and damaging to your belongings. Smoke residue can build up in computers and other electronics, causing them to malfunction and short circuit. Electronics can often be saved through proper smoke cleanup so you should contact a restoration professional experienced in restoring the items you are worried about.
If you require a water cleanup after a fire in your Northeast Ohio commercial property, you may be concerned that your property will never be restored to its former glory. With the right help from SERVPRO, many of your things can likely be saved and protected from secondary damage caused by mold and decay.