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Category: Fire Restoration • June 23, 2021
There is no doubt about it, experiencing a fire at your Florida commercial property is a very traumatic event. However, if you hire the right professionals in fire restoration, you will find that getting your commercial property back to its pre-fire condition may happen more quickly and be less stressful than you think.
In order to minimize business interruption and additional recovery costs, the restoration process after a commercial property fire must begin as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to count on professionals like J&J ERS to assess the damage and get to work quickly so that business can resume as normal.
You have a responsibility to your employees to ensure the restoration process is done professionally and safely. Reputable restoration companies have specialized fire restoration knowledge that is needed to restore your property to its pre-disaster condition. No matter the size of the fire, working quickly is key to avoiding further losses to property and equipment due to smoke and even water damage.
Here are the typical steps in the commercial fire damage restoration process:
J&J ERS fire restoration specialist will assess the damage to your property. They will go through the property thoroughly to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage. Our team will offer a complete and comprehensive assessment of the damage, which is not only an essential step in determining the plan for restoration and cleanup but is important for insurance purposes. They will also record and document all damage for your insurance company and assist you with your insurance claim if you need it.
2. Safety Work
The priority should be to prevent further damage to your property. With a lot of your windows, walls, and roofs potentially damaged, the restoration company will look at what needs boarding up or if your roof needs a tarp placed on top of it. This protects your property from not only further damage but also the restoration technicians while they’re working.
3. Water Removal
The process of removing the majority of the water resulting from the firefighting efforts is top of the list. Having a professional team to look into the possibility of leaks or places where mold can develop is very important. J&J ERS professionals will bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to remove water and complete the drying process.
4. Smoke and Soot Removal
The staining and odors left behind from smoke and soot usually go beyond the surface. With specialized equipment and techniques, the next step for the restoration company is to remove smoke and soot from the ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
Often it is best to throw out any upholstered furniture or furnishings if they aren’t too expensive to replace, as it may cost more to try and restore these.
Next, all restorable items and structures that were damaged will be cleaned. There are a variety of cleaning techniques that can be used to clean up these items, along with equipment such as industrial air scrubbers and foggers that will help remove smoke odors.
6. Restoration and Repair
Getting your property to its pre-fire condition may include repairs to drywall, painting, installing new flooring, etc. Fire often creates bubbling and blistering to paint, which must be scraped and repainted. Wood surfaces should get stripped, sanded, and refinished to remove all odors.
If significant repairs are needed, you can expect the reconstruction or renovation of various areas or rooms or even repairs to the roof and building’s structure. Experienced contractors will know how to get the most value out of the restoration process, even if that means rebuilding a large portion of your property.
Hopefully, you will never experience a fire at your Florida commercial property but if you do, J&J ERS is the fire restoration company to call.