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How To Secure a Building After a Fire

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building after a fire When your business is affected by a fire, you can call SERVPRO for help

After a Fire, How Do You Secure a Building?

The fire damage of a Downtown Costa Mesa, CA, business can leave the building vulnerable. Damage can affect commercial buildings in different ways, but often the flames cause the following issues:

  • Unstable structure
  • Broken or missing roof
  • Building left defenseless to looters

As you and your commercial fire restoration team tackle the cleanup, you may want to find ways to secure your building from self-destruction, looters and mother nature.

Put Up Boards

Boarding up windows, doors and holes in the wall can help stop looting. If these openings are left unblocked, looters can easily enter your store, warehouse or office building. With the boards in place, however, there is an extra obstacle that may be enough to keep the vandals out.

Secure the Boundary

The fire cleanup process is messy. Your property may not be safe for nonprofessionals for a while. Putting up a fence can help keep intruders out, but it does something else too. It protects you from liability problems.

Add Stabilizers

Adding extra support beams and pillars during the reconstruction phase can help secure your building's structure. Without these stabilizers, the fire damage could cause your property to collapse on itself. In some cases, you and the workers cleaning up the mess may not be able to enter the building until it has been secured and deemed stable.

Cover the Roof

You also have to secure your property from weather. Rain, wind and hail can easily enter a fire damaged structure when pieces of the roof or walls are missing. You can protect your building from extra damage by putting up tarps and other coverings to keep the elements from making it inside the space.

When your business is affected by a fire, it can feel like operations have come to a halt. Tackling a fire cleanup to address fire damage can help you get your day-to-day activities back and running, but you need to make sure your building is not further damaged by looters, weather or faulty structure.

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