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What If Your Business Receives Only Smoke Damage From a Fire?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Fire damage in Mesquite, UT.

What If Your Business Receives Only Smoke Damage From a Fire?

A surprisingly small fire can produce a great volume of smoke. If the fire is smoldering, it won’t get hot enough to fully burn material, creating much more smoke damage. Smoke and soot damage can also come from fires off-property.
Is smoke cleaning covered by commercial insurance if there was no fire damage? The answer is always yes – as long as it exceeds your deductible and the fire was from a cause included in your coverage. However, it normally requires specialized techniques and chemicals to bring your building back to code.

Does Soot Damage Always Requires Expert Restoration?
Soot is very oily and sticks to everything it touches. Spraying it with regular cleaners creates a toxic, flowing disaster. Top restoration companies use a variety of techniques for high-quality smoke cleaning, including:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Foam cleaning
  • Immersion cleaning

In the past, you could often clean soot damage yourself with tri-sodium phosphate, but it was somewhat dangerous to use and has been largely made unavailable to the public. Modern TSP is actually a substitute in the United States and can’t cut through the oil buildup. Restoration companies use commercial solvents to strip soot and film from affected surfaces.

Can Experts Save Your Property Instead of Replacing It?
Fabrics and decorations may not be easily replaceable. Commercial solvents are gentler on items when used correctly and are also eco-friendly. Electronics are often very hard hit by soot, but they also can be saved with high-tech electronics cleanup techniques.

What About That Odor?
Building fires really stink. They tend to smolder and the materials usually have toxic chemicals that create a disgusting, acrid stench. Removing the smoke odor is critical for a business. No customer (or employee) is going to feel safe if they smell the smoke residue inside your building.
Professional smoke experts have deodorants made for the fire mitigation industry that will eliminate any lingering odor after the cleaning process is done.
Once the smoke cleaning process is finished, your building in Mesquite, UT, will look – and smell – inviting and safe. SERVPRO is Here to Help.

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