Commercial Fire Damage FAQ's
When it comes to protecting your business from fire damage, knowledge is your best defense. Here are some common facts regarding commercial fire damage that can better help you protect your investment and prepare for the unexpected.
What is the most common cause of fires in commercial structures?
- Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of commercial fires is human error. It is important to ensure employees are properly trained and that safety measures are frequently covered.
- Improperly maintained, water heaters and furnaces are another common cause of fire.
- Electrical systems should also receive routine checks and maintenance to ensure they don’t contribute to a potential blaze. (Make sure that you use a licensed electrician or electrical company to prevent liability issues and code violations.)
What steps should I take immediately following the fire?
- As a property manager, your first step should be to contact your insurance company and report the incident. You should discuss coverage and ask questions at that time.
- Next, contact an IICRC Certified restoration company like SERVPRO of Mobile County to evaluate the damage and discuss the restoration process.
What does the fire restoration process look like?
- At SERVPRO of Mobile County, we know that getting your business back to normal operation as quickly as possible is the most important priority. We will be there fast to begin the initial evaluation.
- Our IICRC Certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician will develop a plan that gives an estimate as to the restoration costs and the time to complete the restoration.
- We will assign a dedicated Job File Coordinator (JFC) to handle your loss and communicate directly with your insurance company to expedite the process even further.
How long will the process take?
- The length of the restoration process depends on the individual circumstances for each situation.
Be sure to have an emergency plan in place before disaster strikes. You can protect your facility and your employees by testing smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers frequently. Should you ever need us, SERVPRO of Mobile County will be Here to Help.®