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SERVPRO Helps Minimize the Damage after a Commercial Fire in St. Petersburg

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many factors affect the cleaning process after fire damage, SERVPRO acts fast to restore your business as soon as possible.

The Six Major Factors that Affect Fire Damage Restoration

Business fires in St. Petersburg normally get stopped quickly. Fire suppression systems are effective and respond rapidly to too much heat or smoke. They prevent damage from flames, but the cost of smoke and soot adds up quickly.

When it comes to commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, factory owners can depend on SERVPRO to reduce the cost and reopen their doors as quickly as possible. Our restoration teams have the latest training and equipment to help put every light industry operation back to work. We look at six major factors and tailor each plan accordingly.

The type of material that burned tells us the most. Natural materials like wood leave a dry residue that we can wipe away easily. Synthetic materials like plastic tabletops leave a wet residue that requires more effort to clean. It also pits other surfaces, causing further damage.

Surface types determine the number of hours we put in and what tools and cleaners we need. Non-porous surfaces such as glass and metal are easier to clean and require fewer cleaners. In many cases, our IICRC-certified technicians can wipe off the smoke and soot with dry sponges or with a small amount of water to break up thick layers of soot.

Smoke and soot more easily penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and other building material. That makes them much harder to clean and our technicians often need a chemical cleaner. If water also soaked the building material, it is usually cheaper for SERVPRO crews to remove and replace it.

Surface age is also a factor. Interior paint breaks down over time and makes it more difficult to clean. The same is true for glass and metal. Scratches and rust break down the surfaces, allowing soot to penetrate. We can still clean all of these, but it does require additional labor hours and stronger cleaning agents. For metal surfaces, we may need a stiff, wire brush to remove all of the soot.

The heat of the fire before it was put out is important also. Higher temperatures cause plastic and laminate surfaces to form bubbles and melt. As they warp, soot and even odors penetrate deeper.

Temperature change can be a problem as well. If a surface cools rapidly, like when water strikes it from the suppression system or the efforts of the fire department, the soot residue on it can form a film which is more difficult to remove.

Finally, moisture can be a problem as well. A high moisture level can cause vinyl to change color and permanently stain other property if it burns at a high temperature. Again, the source of this moisture is often from the suppression system or firefighters trying to preserve the structure.

Reopening your business after a fire is not a fast process, but SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg does everything possible to make it as quick and financially painless as possible. If you need our services, call us at (727) 522-0000 today.

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