We Get You Back In Business In Monroe After A Fire
Experience Helps Restore Commercial Fire Damage in a Monroe Auto Repair Shop
A fire at an auto repair shop left the owner devastated even if it did not consume the entire property thanks to quick action by the fire department after someone in the neighborhood reported smoke coming from the premises. Fires involving automobiles burn hotly because of highly combustive materials like fuel and synthetic car parts. Restoration of such commercial fire damage requires different tactics to achieve the intended outcome.
Among the first steps we had to take to deal with the commercial fire damage affecting the Monroe auto repair shop, was to remove the fire suppressants used by the fire department. The main concern was the fire retardant foam, as well as water left pooling around after the fire was suppressed. Our SERVPRO technicians started the cleanup by removing all visible remnants of the foam from surfaces. Applying a mild detergent and scrubbing off with soft bristle brushes was enough to breakdown the foam. We then flush-rinsed the cleaned areas with a jet of clean water, removing all soap and foam residues.
After dealing with the foam, we could focus on removing standing water to prevent deep moisture migration into subfloors, wall materials, or other areas where it could cause secondary damage. Our SERVPRO crew chief had assigned a truck-mounted water extract and several units of portable extractors at the loss site. The truck-mounted extractor helped remove most of the water pooling on the main floor while the portable units helped in isolated areas.
Dealing with fire residues was another concern since fuel oils and synthetic materials produce vast amounts of smoke. The ceiling and other elevated areas were the main collection points for the soot and other fire residues. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained on smoke behavior, so we can anticipate the kind of challenges an incident is likely to pose. At the auto repair shop, we expected considerable fuel oil deposits, which can be hard to remove if left to settle over an extended period. We also expected impinged residues on surfaces, so we prepared accordingly.
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