MaintenX International Disaster Response Provides Recovery Tips for after a Building Fire

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As a number of fires burn through California, Tampa-based MaintenX wants businesses to have top tips for fire recovery.

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Fire damage can be devastating for a business. Fires not only burn structures and their belongings, they also cause smoke damage. In addition, many businesses see significant water damage as firefighters work to put the fire out. With record-breaking fires claiming homes and damaging businesses across Californina, MaintenX International wants companies to be prepared should they experience the worst.

“Fires are unpredictable disasters,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “That’s why it’s important to have a plan. Knowing what to do if you experience a fire can help give you some peace of mind in a challenging time.”

MaintenX International has provided more than 30 years of disaster response to businesses across the country. Here are some of their top tips for getting back to business after a fire:

1. Stay Safe: After intially assessing your facility, you may find portions of the building that have severe damage. Block off any areas that have become unsafe – both to protect anyone who enters the building and also to prevent additional damage. Fire and water can damage electrical appliances, so check your systems before turning them on to reduce the risk of creating a short-circuit. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesistate to call a professional to help with restoration and repairs.

2. Ventilate: After a fire is put out, you’ll want to ventilate your property as soon as possible. This can help reduce further smoke damage. Open windows and doors. Shut off your HVAC system in order to reduce the spead of smoke. You can also set up industrial fans to face outside and help draw out additional smoke.

3. Property Clean Up: Fire damage means major clean up. Be sure to wipe down walls, doors and countertops. Any hard surfaces should be cleaned – dry sponges can help with soot, while a mild alcohol spray can remove more stubborn stains; be careful not to used water-based cleaner on plaster walls, however, as it may cause stains to sink in further. Don’t forget to wipe or replace light bulbs. It’s also recommended to replace HVAC filters, as they can trap soot and smoke odors.

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MaintenX International is a fully licensed, general contracting company. As one of the largest national facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians that includes a national subcontractor network of over 45,000 members. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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