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3 Steps To Clean Up a Commercial Fire

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Burned wooded structure Structure experienced fire damage in Oxford, OH.

Three Steps to Clean and Restore a Building

A fire can destroy the contents and structure of a commercial property in Oxford, OH. Owners should hire restoration professionals who have extensive experience cleaning and restoring fire and smoke damage. These specialists will follow three general steps to clean and restore a building.

1. Remove Damaged Items

It is necessary to remove contents from a structure that has suffered fire and soot damage. Start by sorting these items based on whether cleaning is practical or possible. Structural mitigation can only start after contents have been disposed of or moved off-site to be cleaned and stored until restoration is complete.

2. Clean Up Ash and Soot

Fire damage mitigation experts rely on a variety of specialized methods during the cleaning process. Surfaces and contents may undergo dry-cleaning, wet cleaning, foam treatment, immersion, ultrasonic waves, or abrasion.

Smoke damage calls for eliminating residues on walls and ceilings and allowing these surfaces to dry prior to repainting. Depending on the amount of damage caused by the fire suppression method, it may also be necessary to tear out and replace porous building materials, such as drywall.

3. Repair and Restore

During the final phase of restoration, cleanup experts may rely on professional air filtration equipment such as an HVAC air scrubber or clean ducts and vents. Odor elimination equipment such as an ozone or hydroxyl generator, a vapor modification system, or a thermal fogger may also be used. This step involves rebuilding, repainting, and restoring contents that have been cleaned or replaced.

A fire restoration and smoke cleaning service will proceed through these three broad steps to clean and restore a damaged building in Oxford, OH. The length of this process may vary depending on the severity of the fire and smoke damage. Property owners should request a schedule during the initial consultation and check in to see when the work will be finished.

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