Commercial Restoration: What You Need to Know

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 15 Aug, 2012
This blog starts a 3-part series on commercial restoration, and the specialized service J. Thompson Builders provides during the restoration process. Our first blog covers types of commercial restoration situations, the second gives you an overview of the restoration process and the third covers what you need to know/the important aspects of cleanup and restoration, […] The post Commercial Restoration: What You Need to Know appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
This blog starts a 3-part series on commercial restoration, and the specialized service J. Thompson Builders provides during the restoration process. Our first blog covers types of commercial restoration situations, the second gives you an overview of the restoration process and the third covers what you need to know/the important aspects of cleanup and restoration, including prevention. Here are some of the disasters your building can experience:

Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke penetrates structure cavities and can cause hidden damage and odors. Water, used to extinguish the fire, impacts building materials and contents of the building. The type of smoke may affect the restoration process. Lower heat smoldering fires produce sticky residues while high temperature, fast burning fires produce powdery smoke particles. Residues from fire extinguisher chemicals may be part of the clean-up. Fuel oils may produce a heavy soot and some smoke types have a more pungent odor. A professional can investigate the type of damage and how far fire, smoke and water damage has spread.

Water

Water damage can occur due to weather conditions or broken plumbing pipes. When water sits the damage grows, making cleanup more difficult and the presence of mold growth more probable. Drying, deodorizing and disinfecting water damaged areas is crucial to rectifying damage. Moisture should be thoroughly removed from all surfaces, including drywall, plaster, cement floors, carpets and insulation.

Mold Remediation

Signs of a mold growth problem include visible mold, strong odors, past moisture problems and humid conditions. Water damage does not always equate to mold growth, but a mold problem is serious in terms of structural damage and health effects. Excessive mold growth may affect building occupants and present health concerns. Identifying and remediating mold is critical as soon as it’s discovered.
After a disaster occurs hire a emergency disaster restoration company to rectify the devastation. These companies handle water extraction, mold remediation, carpet/upholstery cleaning, soot removal, dehumidification/drying, building cleaning, odor control and contents restoration.
Once the clean-up is out of the way hire a company like J. Thompson Builders, specialized in reconstruction, to provide the finishing touches. With 20 years experience in hotel/and multi-unit construction and over 4 years working specifically in hotel/multi unit disaster re-construction, our professionals are experts in reconstructing your building after a disaster.
Next blog we’ll discuss what the restoration process after a disaster occurs looks like.
Photo credit, U.S. Geological Survey

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