Household fires can be quite expensive, especially if the house is big and contains a lot of valuable items. However, commercial fires can be even more costly, particularly if the business has expensive inventory or office supplies. The aftermath can also be more concerning for the business owner and staff, for they must deal with the lack of income for a period of time.
Of course, exactly how the fire transpired, and how the damages were addressed or resolved will also have an impact on the whole ordeal. The cost of fire damage restoration services, specifically, can become especially high if these five things happen:
- The building has a lot of flammable materials.
If the business premises have a lot of wooden structures, combustible chemicals, textiles, and other materials that are not resistant to fire, the fire would probably consume these items easily, and the damage would be irreversible. Concrete, metal, and other fireproof surfaces, on the other hand, may stay strong amid the heat and the flames. However, the acidic soot residue can cause even metal to melt eventually and permanently discolor the surfaces.
- The fire quickly spread throughout the building.
If the fire is caused by liquids and gases or easily combustible solids, especially those that originate from gas tank explosions and burning of fireworks, it can consume the entire building more quickly and easily.
- The building had no sprinkler system.
Fire sprinklers make a huge difference to the damage expense. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, properties with these protective systems can incur an average of $2,166, while those without them can incur $45,109 worth of damages. The surveyed assets were residential, so imagine how much more damage it can be for businesses.
- The damages were addressed long after the fire happened.
Obviously, the damage would be more extensive if firefighters are not able to control the accident right away. When the cleanup and restoration is not done immediately after the fire is subdued, the damages can worsen. As mentioned, soot’s acidic properties may linger and corrode parts of the building. If ash and soot damage are just covered up as you resume operations, they can negatively affect the health of the building occupants, too, which would ultimately be the business owner’s liability.
- There was water damage on top of fire damage.
Water damage can also happen after fires, especially if the firefighters needed to use gallons of water to stop the disaster. Firms like EcoPure Restoration, which offers restoration services in San Diego, can immediately assess and clean up the fire and flood damage sustained by your business, so you can avoid more extensive and expensive problems.
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