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Quick Guide to Secondhand Fire Damage

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Secondhand Fire Damage: A Quick Guide

A building next to your commercial property had a fire. The flames never touched your Berthoud, CO building, so you were surprised to find smoke damage on your walls, near your windows, and around your doors. Smoke can travel to nearby buildings and cause secondhand fire damage.

How Can You Get Rid of It?

When you find this unexpected soot damage, your first concern may be that your business will always smell like smoke. Thankfully, there are a lot of smoke cleaning techniques your fire restoration team can use to rid your property of damage and odor.

• Sprays: There are a variety of cleaning agents that can help clean walls, furnishings, and belongings of smoke. Depending on what is being cleaned, you may need to soak or spray the objects.
• Wipes: Certain objects, like computers and walls, shouldn't have the cleaners applied to them. In this case, the professionals may try a dry-cleaning method. Wipes and dry cleaning may be enough to rid some objects of minor smoke damage.
• Filtration: Odor is a big part of smoke and soot. To rid your building of the unsavory aroma, you may need to rely on special equipment. Air filtration devices, thermal foggers, and ozone machines can help clear out the air.

Cleaning up smoke can seem like a daunting task, but when you work with a team of experts they know exactly what to do for each object.

Does Insurance Cover It?

So, you didn't have a fire in your own building. Will your insurance help pay for the smoke cleaning you had to do anyway? This can depend on your particular coverage. However, typically secondhand damage caused by a fire in an adjacent building is still covered by insurance.

You don't expect to find smoke damage in your building when you didn't have a fire. Smoke can travel a long way, so you should be prepared for the unexpected if an adjacent business has a fire.

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