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What To Do After a Business Fire

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

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What To Do After a Business Fire

A fire loss to your Mesquite, UT, business can be a major headache. However, understanding the restoration process can help you deal with fire damage more efficiently. The following steps outline the process:

1. Assess the damage. Like all disasters, fires come in different sizes and intensity levels. The amount of damage done will determine the course of your fire restoration process.

2. Secure the property. It is important to protect your property so that the fire loss is not compounded by further damage. There may be broken windows and holes in the roof due to the fire-extinguishing efforts. In this case, you will need to board up or tarp over the vulnerable points to keep out criminals and wildlife. Additionally, you may choose to install a security fence to deter trespassers who could be injured on the property.

3. Clean up water. With the exception of very small fires that are put out with a fire blanket, all fire-extinguishing efforts require water. This can lead to water damage and mold growth, so it is important to dry the area as soon as possible. You can use specialized pumps and vacuums for standing water and run fans or dehumidifiers to finish drying out the property.

4. Remove smoke and soot. Smoke damage is often pervasive and persistent. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods available to remove lingering smoke, including air purifiers, ozone treatments and thermal fogging. For soot damage, there are specialized cleaners and sponges available to help you fully remove the residue.

5. Restore and replace damaged items. After cleaning up the water, smoke and soot, you will be able to see which items can be restored and which will need to be replaced. For minor repairs, you may be able to do the work yourself. With delicate items or complex restorations, you may want to hire a professional.
Fire damage to your commercial property can be very stressful. However, an experienced restoration company can help minimize your fire loss and get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

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