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Look for Hidden Damages After a Commercial Fire

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damaged after fire Fire damage to roof in Draper, UT

If a fire has damaged your commercial business in Draper, UT, but the building and its contents aren’t completely destroyed, your insurance company will classify this as a partial fire loss. The great news is that you may be able to save a portion of the structure and some of the flooring and window treatments. It’s important, however, not to just take the word of the insurance adjuster. You need to have a licensed professional inspect the building for hidden damages.

Why Do You Need a Licensed Inspector?

Professionals are trained to look for hidden damages, such as:

  • Smoke damage
  • Ash
  • Water
  • Mold

What Areas Will the Professional Inspect?
A thorough inspection of the fire loss will include the following areas:

Roof - The inspector will look for any damage caused by heat or burning embers. The wood underneath the shingles should be inspected for mold or staining.
Interior walls - The inside walls may need to be opened up to inspect the framing for damage and mold.
Windows - Window frames may warp and blister, allowing mold to grow.
Heating units and plumbing - All heating ducts and units must be inspected. Fire can also damage plumbing fixtures and pipes.
Structural steel - The fire’s heat may compromise the structure of the foundation.
Exterior siding and concrete - Heat can make the siding melt or crack and the exposure can create mold. Also, the concrete foundation could be damaged by immense heat.

Can Smoke Damage be Cleaned?
During the fire restoration process, each item should be carefully inspected to determine if it can be cleaned or if it should be replaced. A reputable cleaning company will help you decide if furniture, window treatments, and other furnishings can be restored to their previous condition without a lingering smoke smell.
Dealing with a fire loss to your building can be an overwhelming task. It’s important to employ a licensed professional to look for any hidden damages so that you can avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.

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