People often think flames are the most damaging part of fires, but this isn’t always the case. Even small fires can cause devastating smoke damage, and most business owners are unaware of how dangerous smoke damage can be to their business.
After A Fire
Immediately after a fire is put out, a residue called soot covers all surfaces where the fire was located. For porous materials, the soot causes permanent discoloration. The atmosphere after a fire causes metal to rust, painted walls to yellow, and permanently stains any fabric. Soot can also cause a serious health threat to people. Breathing in soot can cause respiratory distress and other medical emergencies. To avoid long-lasting damage, clean up needs to begin as soon as possible.
The Hidden Dangers of Smoke Damage
Smoke damage is incredibly dangerous because the damage isn’t always obvious. Many items like furniture or fixtures may not look damaged, but contain smoke particles that can cause health problems long after the fire has been extinguished. Walls that appear to have been cleaned can have extensive damage just behind the surface.
Leave the Cleanup To The Professionals
Some business owners might think they can handle the clean up after a fire by themselves, but it takes a trained professional to properly restore the space. Cleaning smoke damage not only requires the appropriate safety measures, but also professional cleaners and equipment. Your commercial insurance policy likely covers the cost of professional clean up services, so to best protect your business from future damage, don’t clean up yourself.
Cleaning vs. Replacing
While some items damaged by smoke and soot can be cleaned, others will need to be completely replaced. Disputes can sometimes arise when insurance companies refuse to replace damaged items even though cleaning does not fully restore them to safe condition. To understand what needs to be cleaned vs. replaced, talk to an experienced professional such as an attorney or public adjuster.
Raizner Slania: Smoke Damage Claims Attorneys
The Texas smoke damage claims attorneys at Raizner Slania know the hurdles the insurance industry will put up in an attempt to mitigate their damages and costs. We will fight for the maximum amount appropriate for the situation and make the insurance company honor its obligations. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We work on all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.