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3 Elements of Fire Restoration

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Elements of Fire Restoration

After arriving at a workplace fire, firefighters usually do everything necessary to ensure that personnel are evacuated and the fire is extinguished. Often, this involves seemingly destructive behaviors such as breaking windows and inundating surfaces with water. To make things worse, the sprinkler systems present in many offices may automatically respond to a relatively local fire by spraying water across a whole area, requiring extensive water cleanup. If you have had a fire, there are three kinds of restoration your space will need now that the flames have been put out.

1. Fire Damage
Flames are the most immediately destructive force present in any fire. Because of the extreme temperatures that they can reach, unchecked fires can destroy almost anything in their path. Often, buildings that have been burned are no longer structurally sound and must be inspected by a structural engineer. Many items or surfaces may be salvageable during fire cleanup, but this will depend on the extent of both the external and internal damage.

2. Smoke and Soot
Because smoke easily permeates mechanical and electronic devices, removing evidence of smoke damage can be complicated. Soot created by smoke sticks to surfaces, resulting in a distinct odor that tends to linger. Starting smoke cleanup quickly is essential because soot becomes more destructive and difficult to remove over time.

3. Water Cleanup
Sprinkler systems, burst pipes, and firefighting equipment can all cause extensive water damage. While some items may be undamaged by water, you should always understand that flowing water may have mixed with toxic or corrosive substances present in your workspace.
There is a lot to think about after sustaining a fire in Austin, TX. Some aspects of fire restoration involve skill-intensive labor. It is always recommended that you check whether your insurance policy covers fire restoration. By contacting SERVPRO of East Central Austin that specializes in fire, smoke, and water cleanup, you can prevent further damage to your valuable property.

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