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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

My Business Caught on Fire, Now What?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a building destroyed by fire, debris all over the building Commercial fire damage in Central Hollywood, CA.

One of the scariest things you can experience as a business owner in Central Hollywood, CA, is having your livelihood catch on fire. The flames are out, so now you can go back to business as usual, right? Wrong! Now the cleanup process for the smoke damage and soot damage begins. There are several important steps to follow throughout this time while you wait for your life to return to normal.

Immediately After the Fire

The first step is to take a deep breath and assess the situation. Before you attempt to go back into your place of business, keep the following in mind in terms of health and safety:

• Prior to smoke cleaning efforts, there may be things inside that could make you sick, such as items with smoke damage or standing water.
• Depending on the extent of the fire, there may be structural damage in floors and/or walls.
• An extinguished fire may start up again if left smoldering unknowingly.

During the Fire and Smoke Cleaning Process

Now that your safety is not at risk, it is time to evaluate the damage to your business and begin the process of recovery. Some belongings may have been lost to the fire and need to be replaced. However, most of what has not been damaged can be properly cleaned and restored to pre-fire condition. During this phase, it is important to keep excellent records and talk to the appropriate people:

• Contact the fire department for a copy of the fire report.
• As soon as possible, call your insurance company to find out the specific information required.
• Keep your mortgage company or landlord in the loop.
• Locate and hire a reputable restoration specialist to assess, clean and restore the smoke, water and soot damage left behind.

If you were impacted by a fire in Central Hollywood, CA, the process of getting back on your feet may not be something you considered before it happened. Fortunately, following the right steps and working with the right professionals should have your business back to pre-fire and smoke damage condition as soon as possible.

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