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Does Your Commercial Property Have Smoke Damage After A Fire?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

The destructive power of fire is capable of leaving commercial entities stranded without any source of income for an extended period of time. After the fire has been successfully extinguished, if you insurance most likely will cover the financial losses. For the fire damage restoration portion, it needs to be handled by a professional company that offers immediate assistance. Smoke damage in commercial property can wreak havoc to any business even with today’s advanced fire-resistant and fire-suppression features in buildings. To know how to deal with fire damage, continue reading the article.

Fire Restoration Companies

Professionals working for fire restoration companies offer an important service to their communities. In the event of a fire, fire restoration experts assist business owners move forward to get their operations back on track again. The entire process may be overwhelming which is why engaging the services of professionals is highly essential. The restoration process after a fire is tedious and laborious and include the following steps:

  • Assessment of Damage
  • Removal of Debris
  • Mitigation of Odor, Soot, and Residual Water

Fire damage restoration experts are able to provide advice and can direct business owners throughout the entire restoration process. This will greatly help business owners to rebuild their business to restart their operations. Once the task has been assigned, the objective of fire damage restoration experts is to eliminate the lingering smoke odors as well as the residual soot and water. Every little trace of the contaminants needs to be scrubbed clean before the premises are deodorized. The process needs the support of high-powered equipment like air scrubbers to clean the air from harmful particulates and persistent odors. Industrial dehumidifiers and air movers are also used to mitigate residual water and any traces of moisture in the air.

Smoke Odors

Commercial fires leave behind a pungent odor which is also present in most cases of fire. The odor permeates through the whole building, fixtures, furnishings, and air. The odor comes from various sources which are a result of the fire itself. The soot, debris, and residual water all contribute towards producing the pungent odor. After the origin and cause of the fire have been determined, restoration experts need to quickly move into the building to remove the soot and debris from the premises to get rid of the pungent odor.

Soot Removal

Thick layers of soot that are already mixed with residual water are often seen at fire sites. Soot is the powdered carbon in black and chemical byproduct of the burned materials. The chemical composition of soot depends on the types of material that were burnt in the building. Some acidic compounds may cause further damage to the building surfaces and discolor or stain plastics, granite, grout and other fixtures that were not burned.

Residual Water

Flooding causes mold issues and so does a fire. Residual water that was used to extinguish the fire is a good breeding ground for mold infestation to take place. Proper mitigation needs to be done as soon as possible to prevent the increased moisture from spreading throughout the property.

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