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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Boarding Up a Building After Fire Damage

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Boarding Up After A Fire

From cooking accidents to electrical malfunctions, commercial fires happen every day in offices, restaurants, hotels and warehouses. Total fire damage for companies usually exceeds $2.4 billion a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each situation is unique and the restoration process encompasses a variety of techniques and solutions. One common scenario is a burned building that is dangerously unsecured after a fire. In these cases, the first job of a fire mitigation company is to secure the building against additional harm.

How Boarding Up and Tarp Services Work
If the fire damage is extensive, a property might have holes in the roof, broken windows and doors and other gaps in the building envelope. This exposes the property to storms, wild animals and looting. Restoration professionals will secure the building by putting boards over the holes or placing a tarp over the roof. This is a job best left to professionals for several reasons:

  • Workers have been trained in the process
  • They have the equipment to reach unstable areas
  • They have the tools to complete the job safely
  • They know where to place the boards and tarps

Once the building is secured, technicians will get to work on restoring the property. At this point, there is less need to worry about secondary damage to the building.

How the Fire Cleanup Process Continues
After the initial inspection and assessment, trained workers will often move on to water removal and drying. This is often necessary due to the impacts of fire sprinkler systems or fire crews. This is followed by the removal of soot and smoke damage from all surfaces. A cleaning and sanitizing stage helps return the building and its contents to good condition. Restoration repairs damage to drywall and other structures.
After a blaze, fire damage can vary from fairly minor to complete devastation. A professional response will make the best of a difficult situation.

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