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Why Do Businesses Need Fire Cleanup in Vernon?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire In the case of fire, time is of the essence.

Fire Cleanup Helps Mount Vernon Businesses Get Back In The Game

No Mount Vernon business owner wants to face the after-effects of smoke damage to their property. Unfortunately, even if businesses take steps to prevent and remove fire hazards, there is always the risk of a blaze. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Skagit County is on hand to help with remediation.

Business owners in Mount Vernon sometimes ask if professional fire cleanup is essential, especially if it was small and easily contained. SERVPRO’s answer to that question is a resounding yes. An expert cleanup crew has access to the best equipment and cleaning materials for the job, which means a better outcome for your business.

Why Is A Professional Cleanup Service Best?

Professional cleanup is the best option after an incident because a trained cleanup crew has extensive knowledge of the task at hand. Unless you have trained to be a fire remediation professional, you cannot know all of the things you need to look for.

Here are some reasons to choose the professional option every time:

    •    Professional crews have access to a range of equipment for scrubbing, deep-cleaning, and thoroughly deodorizing premises after a fire
    •    Trained teams are equipped with all the necessary breathing apparatus and personal protective equipment to clean up safely
    •    Professionals know about the hidden effects of fire damage and can check for such effects
    •    Experienced technicians are better judges of which items can be saved and restored which means you do not have to spend as much money on replacements

What Are Some Hidden Effects Of Fire Damage?

Soot damage is easy to see as it leaves behind a dark residue. However, there are some other effects of a fire that are not immediately visible:

    •    Microscopic soot particles – not all soot damage is visible, and smoke has a way of getting into materials
    •    Strong odors – smoke leaves behind a distinctive smell which can be hard to get rid of
    •    Corrosion – smoke, and soot, can destroy materials and cause long-term damage
    •    Sticky residue – smoke residue can be tenacious and hard to get rid of

SERVPRO’s trained fire cleanup crews are aware of all the possible dangers and fully trained in the safest cleaning methods.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Fire Damage?

Our fire cleanup teams have a wide range of cleaning options at our disposal.

The first step in cleaning is to assess the situation and draw up an individual plan for your business. We will make your building safer if needed by boarding up windows or placing a tarp on the roof. We will also set up a staging area to use as a base for our operations and keep the rest of your premises protected.

We use vacuuming to capture loose soot particles and remove them from surfaces. Some residues are bonded too deeply to the surface, however, and vacuuming is not adequate. In such cases, we use wet cleaning to dissolve and loosen dirt, and then we rinse and dry the surface.

Our teams have a range of solvents and lubricants available to help dislodge stubborn smoke residue and leave surfaces clean. We train our technicians to assess residues and work out the more appropriate cleaning solution, strength, and application length.

Working with trained professionals, dramatically reduces the risk of corrosive damage from cleaning products, which is a genuine risk if you try and clean up the soot residue yourself.

How Can You Be Better Prepared For Fire Cleanup?

Of course, you hope you will not be in a position to need fire cleanup services. However, it's always better to be prepared for a disaster than to find yourself caught short.

One way to help your business prepare for fire cleanup is to make use of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).

To take part in the ERP program, simply set aside time to walk through your facility and fill out all the information we ask. You can sign up for a free account and download the ERP app to make this process easy. Once you have your profile set up, follow the on-screen prompts to capture and fill out the information about your business premises.

You can use this information to build a comprehensive file that contains all the information your staff will need in the event of a fire. Your profile includes everything you need to take fast action if there is an incident, including where to find shut-off valves and exit points, how to navigate the chain of command, and who to contact. Your ERP also establishes us as your go-to fire restoration experts so you can get the help you need quickly.

In the case of fire, time is of the essence. If you need a fire cleanup, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 today.

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