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Minimizing Commercial Fire Damage

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Minimizing Commercial Fire Damage

It would be of great benefit to a business to have a fire sprinkler system for fire suppression when a fire first starts so as to prevent a catastrophic amount of fire damage or heavy smoke damage and soot damage. If a fire does get out of hand, everyone knows to evacuate the employees first. Then the fire department should be called to get a firefighter or two to come in their fire truck and use their big fire hose for fire suppression and to extinguish the fire, minimizing the commercial fire damage.

Businesses such as restaurants that use hot grease or other flammables regularly obviously have a higher risk of sustaining commercial fire damage than a different type of business would have for, say, a utility room fire, which may not require much effort to extinguish. Old electrical wiring sometimes causes an electrical fire. Every safety precaution against fire should be taken in every business.

It is obviously important for a firefighter and his fellow firefighter and a fire truck with a lengthy fire hose to get to the business quickly. If fire suppression is done quickly enough to save the building from total destruction by the electrical fire, or even from what starts as just a utility room fire, fire restoration can take place. If many buildings are on fire, the fire department should be called quickly to assure that a fireman is available to get there with his fire truck and fire hose. Contact numbers for commercial fire damage professionals and important business papers should be kept in a safe place.

First Contact with Restoration Company

When a fire restoration professional receives a call about a fire-damaged business, he will likely ask about the location and the extent of the fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. He will want to know things like if the fire was an electrical fire, a utility room fire, or what the source of the fire was. The more details the caller can provide, the better prepared the restoration crew that is sent to the business will be.

Inspection and Assessment

Professionals then come out to inspect the building and determine the extent of the fire damage, including smoke damage and soot damage. They will see what water damage will likely have been done by the fire sprinkler system for fire suppression. Then they develop a plan of action from their assessment.

Protection of the Site

The protection of the roof and the windows is the next step in fire restoration that the professionals take to put onto the structure. If the situation warrants, the company crew will put a tarp on the roof and boards on the windows.

Water Removal

After a fire sprinkler system has sprayed water all over and a firefighter has sprayed a large amount of water into the business with his fire hose that connects to a large amount of water in the fire truck, there is a lot of water that needs to be removed.

Smoke and Soot Removal

Next, the professionals deal with the actual fire damage by using techniques and equipment to take the smoke and the soot off of any surface that has sustained smoke damage and soot damage. Much commercial fire damage can be reversed just through this step. Fires such as a utility room fire may not do much more than give off smoke and soot.


Air scrubbers, fogging equipment, and special techniques are used to clean items that are salvageable.


Fire restoration ends with repairs, replacements, reconstruction, and painting. Electrical fire damage will require all of those things. This would be a good time to install a fire sprinkler system if there hadn’t been one there before.
Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on fire damage.

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