Recent Fire Damage Posts

Securing a Building After a Fire

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

If your building suffers fire damage in Bozeman, MT, there isn’t much you can do to stop the chain of events from the moment the fire strikes until the time that the fire has been extinguished, leaving you with a damaged, unsecured space. What happens next, however, is under your control. With these considerations, you will put yourself in the best possible position to ride out the coming storm of possible looters, scammers, and restoration delays.

Three Ways To Secure Your Building After a Fire

Access

Although your building may seem secure, the following may find a way in:
• Looters
• Burglars
• Squatters
• Errant Youths

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make sure these unwelcome visitors do not have easy access to your property.

Holes

When fighting a fire, the first responders may use an ax to knock holes into the roof, walls, or attic areas of your building to spray water onto the flames. Once the fire fighters leave, the holes remain. The heat from the fire can also break windows and sky lights, again leaving gaping holes in your building.

To prevent unwanted intruders from rummaging through or looting areas of your building that were not destroyed by flames, soot or smoke, you must first secure the holes by covering the areas with large pieces of wood. If you are unable, or uncomfortable, with putting the boards up on your own, contact our fire and cleanup restoration specialists for assistance. We are happy to help protect your building and secure the fire damage area.

Doors

Fire fighters often forcefully open doors to get immediate access to the fire in the building. If that happens, the locks, door jambs, and walls surrounding the doorways may be broken or damaged. To prevent easy access by intruders to whatever contents may remain, secure the doorways with large pieces of wood, in a similar fashion to securing the other holes in your building. If necessary, we are always here to help with this task, as well.

Although you cannot guarantee your business will be safe after a fire, you can take these simple steps to help secure it from unwanted intruders. Call our experts to help secure and restore your building after devastating fire damage has occurred.

Fire! How to Restore Your Home After Fire Damage

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be one of the most overwhelming losses a home or property owner can face. Not only are you having to deal with the fire itself, but the aftermath can leave your property with smoke damage, residual soot, and even water damage. Fortunately, restoration is often possible. Here are a few steps to help you recover your property after fire damage in Bozeman, Montana.

3 Steps to Help You Restore Your Property After a Fire

1. Evaluate the Damage

After a devastating fire, the first step is to evaluate the extent of the damage and develop a plan of action for repair. Calling a certified fire restoration expert is the best way to plan for any fire, smoke or water damage remediation. Our trained professionals have the knowledge to handle many common issues that happen after a fire. In addition to cleaning the property, we will take measures to help reduce the risk of further damages- boarding up windows and doors, as well as patching holes in the siding or roof.

2. Water Evacuation

It may seem add to consider water damages after a fire, but fire hoses used to extinguish the fire often leave excess water inside the home or property. If the water is allowed to sit stagnant for too long, mold growth or other structural damages may occur. Water restoration experts remove any standing water, then use a combination of commercial grade dehumidifiers and air movers to effectively dry out the space.

3. Removing Smoke and Soot

One of the most important parts of fire cleanup and restoration is dealing with smoke and soot damage. Smoke and soot can penetrate carpets, linens, furniture and other porous materials, as well as damage paint and drywall. To ventilate lingering smoke, open windows and doors if possible. Although this step will certainly help, a certified restoration company should be called to utilize special tools and techniques to remove any lingering residue or odor.

Time is of the essence when restoring your home or property after a fire. Whether you need assistance with smoke damage, water removal or cleaning and restoration, our certified specialists in Bozeman, MT are here to make it "Like it never even happened." ®