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A fire at an office building or any other business location can cause serious damage. The building and much of the contents may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water.

Items not damaged by the fire itself may still be ruined by smoke or may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned.

To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may also have cut holes in walls, to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden inside the walls.

It’s important to understand the risks to your business, your company’s safety, and your employees’ health, even after the fire is out. For example, the soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that can make employees sick. Be very careful if you go into an office building after a fire, and if you touch any fire-damaged items.

What do you do after the fire is out? You start the fire remediation process.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you contact a certified restoration fire remediation company. The representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help them respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. Also make sure to contact your commercial insurance company and let them know who you are working with for the remediation. You’ll also want to work closely with them to understand the amount of coverage you have for a fire.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

A fire remediation specialist will carefully inspect and test all the space in your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. Then the company can provide a quote prior to start of any work.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, a remediation specialist can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. Specialists then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The restoration company uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

A restoration company also cleans, sanitizes, and disinfects all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore items to pre-fire condition. They are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or offices in your business.

No matter how small or large a fire may be, it’s important to contact a certified restoration fire remediation company as soon as you can, after the fire is out.

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Patrick Ryan