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What To Do After a Commercial Building Fire

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in an Herriman, UT building

Rebuilding Process After a Fire

When a fire breaks out in your Herriman, UT, building, the first step is to make sure everyone gets out safely. Once the flames and smoke have cleared, you can begin the rebuilding process. A commercial fire damage cleanup company can provide a variety of necessary services, including:

  • Odor control
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration
  • Upholstery cleaning

You should leave the fire restoration and smoke cleaning to the professionals. However, there are certain tasks you can perform to prepare for the experts' arrival.

Safety First

A fire-damaged building can be dangerous even after the flames have stopped burning. Avoid lifting wet items, as they may be heavier than you think. You should also watch out for wires or wet floors.

To-Do List

In fact, you should limit your movement within the building after the fire. That’s because continued motion can lead to the spread of soot. When you do walk around, make sure to keep your hands clean so you don’t dirty the carpet or upholstery.
Before the fire restoration professionals arrive, you can change the HVAC filter in your building and empty out any refrigerators or freezers. You can also preserve any chrome items in the building by applying a coat of oil or petroleum jelly.
Finally, make sure to call your fire insurance provider and tell the company about the damage to your building. The insurer may help pay for restoration services.

What To Avoid

To prevent additional damage to your building, do not turn on any ceiling lights or fans if you see water on the ceiling. You should also avoid cleaning or touching any appliances that may have heat, fire or water damage. Similarly, do not attempt to wash upholstery, walls or carpet before contacting restoration professionals.
Fire damage to a commercial property can be extensive and overwhelming. Yet your local fire restoration experts can help return your building to normal.

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