Restoring Your Office Contents After A Fire: Should You Hire A Fire Damage Restoration Company?

Posted By: Dry Air Services , Category : fire damage restoration , Date:December 31, 2021

A fire in any commercial property can be a devastating experience, especially when you see that essential elements have sustained damage. At first, it may seem like your commercial property, and its contents are beyond saving, but that is not necessarily the case. Sometimes, essential documents, furniture, communication equipment, computers, appliances, and other items can be restored if you decide to act fast and get expert fire damage restoration assistance.

At Drying Systems Australia, we understand the stress of property damage and the peace of mind that comes when things get back to normal. So, in order to increase the chances of restoring your commercial property, here is a quick look at what happens to your office contents after a fire and how fast you should address fire & smoke damage. 

How do Smoke and Fire Damage Affect your Property?

Fire and smoke damage can lead to a number of unsightly and annoying effects around your office. Fire damage can cause: 

  • Smoke stains
  • Unpleasant odours
  • Soot and ash residue
  • Waterlogged items
  • Structural damage

A number of factors can influence what types of fire damage your property incurs, how serious it is, and what it will take to restore the contents after a fire. The type of fire (smouldering or blazing), the materials burned, how long it burned before being put out, how hot it burns; all these details influence what it takes to restore things.

During the fire and smoke damage restoration process, you may decide to take several steps, including:

  • Measuring and documenting the damage for insurance purposes
  • Cleaning even the tiniest cracks & crevices, in which soot and smoke can penetrate
  • Ventilate the area to clear away lingering odours
  • Moving items out of harm’s way
  • Consult with fire damage restoration experts to plan the process of restoration

It is Essential to Act Quickly

While many factors can influence the condition of your property, the number one factor that determines the ability to restore the contents boils down to one thing, i.e., time. Therefore, acting fast to neutralize the damage and starting the remediation process is a must in terms of getting as much of your property back to normal as possible.

How fast should you need to act? Let us give you a quick timeline:

In Minutes

Fabrics & porous materials like plastics, wallpaper need immediate care to help get rid of stains and discolouration in the building.

In Hours 

Fire will permanently damage wood, furniture, fibreglass, flooring, appliances, and paint unless you act within hours to address it. Within this time, you also want to remove metal items, if any, to prevent rust & corrosion.

In Weeks

Since soot can penetrate deeply into every surface of the property, everything exposed to the fire and smoke must be cleaned soon. Otherwise, there will be permanent stains, odours, and other irreversible fire & smoke damage.

Fire damage can wreak havoc on your commercial property. Drying Systems Australia is here to help you! Let our consultation experts give you a proper emergency plan so that you have peace of mind that we will be there when a disaster may hit.