How Do I Know When I Can Open My Business After a Fire?
You can take many precautions to implement fire protection and prevent commercial fires at your business. Still, no matter how many safety measures you take, the risk of a commercial fire is never zero. Commercial fire damage can cost business owners a lot of money and sets progress back significantly. It can be difficult to process when your business falls victim to a commercial fire. But it’s essential to get over the shock as quickly as possible.
The more quickly you start the cleanup process, the less time and money you’ll need to invest in repair and recovery. Even if you’ve already taken every precaution to protect yourself from a commercial fire, you should also take the precaution of learning what steps to take after a fire, just in case.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
After the fire department has extinguished your fire and deemed the property safe to enter, you will be tempted to start the restoration process immediately. However, moving, repairing, and cleaning things before contacting your insurance agent can interfere with the claims process.
Your insurance company will want your damage and damage restoration process documentation to be as detailed and accurate as possible. If you start repairing, cleaning, and moving things around before the insurance agent (or somebody qualified to document the process) gets there, they won’t get an accurate representation.
What to do After a Fire
Once you’re sure that you’ve obtained all of the proper documentation, it’s a good idea to get security for your property. While security may not be your most pressing concern after a fire, empty and unoccupied buildings are common targets for thieves, looters, and vandals.
One of the most significant responsibilities that will fall upon your shoulders is mitigating the fire damage. Prevent further damage by ensuring all severe exterior damage gets a temporary fix until the restoration team can repair it properly. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. For example, using basic building materials like wood planks or plywood to cover a broken window can do the trick.
Next, make sure that someone turns off all of your utilities. While the chances are good that they won’t cause any harm, having the utilities on does present some risk of additional damage. Turn gas and electric utilities off at the meter and water at the main valve. Turning on or leaving utilities running without a valid inspection and approval from qualified professionals can be a safety hazard.
Fire Damage Cleanup
Cleaning up after a fire is a huge task, especially on commercial properties. Doing it yourself or with a small team of employees is not recommended. Hire a team like the ones at AdvantaClean to help you. Professional fire and water damage cleanup experts know what to look out for and how to complete the restoration and repair process as safely as possible.
AdvantaClean works with you to prevent further damage, salvage what we can, repair damaged items if possible, and discard anything beyond repair. Our extensive fire damage cleanup process ensures that your business will be ready to open again as soon as possible. We can also help you remove lingering smoke odors that can seep into porous materials and haunt your building for months if not adequately addressed.
AdvantaClean’s Fire Damage Cleanup Process
AdvantaClean has been dealing with disaster prevention and cleanup for years, and we know what it takes to get the job done right. Here are just a few of the ways we help you recover after a commercial fire:
- Emergency Board-Up Services ensure all exterior damage is sealed up properly and no environmental factors will cause additional damage
- Water Extraction and Drying, because water damage is a common problem after fires (whether it’s due to the fire department’s extinguishing process or to burst pipes)
- Provide a temporary power source until you can safely use the primary power source once more
- Smoke damage restoration and soot removal
- Packing, moving, and repairing salvageable items and discarding ones that aren’t
Other Services Offered by AdvantaClean
While AdvantaClean has been around for 25 years, and our teams have become experts in fire damage restoration, that’s not the only kind of service we offer. AdvantaClean also provides smoke and odor removal, water damage cleanup, and many more, including the following:
- Mold Remediation and Prevention
- Moisture Control
- Air Duct Cleanings
- Covid-Compliant Sanitization Services
- Radon Testing and Mitigation
- Natural Disaster Aftermath Cleanup
If you need any of our repair and restoration services, please don’t hesitate to contact AdvantaClean today!