Fires are as unpredictable as they are destructive. It’s impossible to know when and where a fire will strike, but being prepared only takes a bit of planning.
For most businesses, the only thing that’s worse than the damage a fire causes is its aftermath. Contacting a reputable restoration company as soon as the flames are extinguished helps owners and staff speed up the recovery process. While professionals take on the challenge of cleaning up the damage, business owners can concentrate on gathering information, making arrangements, and rebooting operations so that everyone can get back to work.
A Post-fire Checklist for Businesses
Fires can cause significant financial and emotional stress. Below is a list of eight essential actions that can help businesses recover quickly and securely:
- Contact the insurer(s) of the business and its property as soon as possible to begin the claims process.
- Document everything from the day of the fire onward, because not all damage will be immediately apparent or obviously fire-related.
- Identify all parties that may be legally liable and inform them of the situation.
- Secure the premises against being vandalized or further damaged, hire temporary or supplemental security if needed, and retrieve any unsecured valuables.
- Discontinue or pause all utilities and other business services as needed (e.g., janitorial, IT, office supplies) until operations resume.
- Provide updated contact information to all relevant authorities and affected parties. Update them right away if there are changes to contact information.
- Contact vendors, customers, employees, and all other affected parties as soon as possible to inform them of the current status. Provide updates regularly to keep everyone informed.
- Call an experienced fire remediation and restoration company as soon as possible to remove debris, remediate related issues, and restore the space.
Always Prepare in Advance
Businesses that have never experienced a fire have the benefit of time. They should prepare by fireproofing workspaces and processes. Fire preparation matters equally to the business’s owners, employees, vendors, and clients. By talking to a fire claims expert about the process ahead of time, companies will have a clearer understanding of what will happen if disaster strikes.
When businesses in Central Illinois have been damaged by fire, flooding, mold, or other emergencies, HelpPro1 is there to offer immediate assistance. Available 24/7, our certified fire cleanup services efficiently remove debris and reduce the stress of dealing with fire damage. To get help now, call us toll-free at 844-HELP-PRO (435-7776).
Mold is well known for thriving in dark, damp environments—and unfortunately, this type of fungus can frustrate homeowners who strive to prevent and detect its presence in their homes. There are a few different types of mold that can grow in residential spaces, all with various appearances and effects. Here’s what you need to know to spot and prevent these common types of mold.
Green mold is a common type of growth that prefers cooler environments. Often, green mold develops on old food stored in damp or dark locations. Green mold can produce allergy-inducing spores or even mycotoxins that can be damaging to residents’ health. This mold can be prevented by monitoring humidity indoors, throwing out old food, and drying wet areas immediately, especially those with water damage.
Pink mold often grows on shower floors and curtains, as it thrives in environments that are high in moisture. Unfortunately, it is difficult to prevent pink mold, as bathrooms will generally stay damp, as well as the fact that pink mold can feed off of soap and shower products. However, it can help to use dehumidifiers in the space and get into the habit of spraying after-shower solutions to get rid of shower product residue that pink mold feeds on.
Also known as “slime mold” due to its similarity to slime at a glance, yellow mold is generally easier to spot, as it is very bright in color. Touching, inhaling, or ingesting yellow mold can cause a host of health problems, so the mold should be removed immediately when spotted. Certain strains of yellow mold can even destroy wood, causing damage over time.
Black mold is a dark, toxic mold that affects certain household materials, including drywall, carpet, insulation, and sub-flooring, that have been exposed to moisture. This type of mold is associated with respiratory problems, such as chronic coughing and sneezing, mucous membranes of the nose and throat, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches. Much like other types of mold, black mold can be prevented with proper ventilation and moisture control, as well as by removing any household materials that have been affected by floods or exposure to moisture during renovation or restoration projects.
In general, for these and other types of growths, it’s important to ventilate areas exposed to moisture and monitor the household for leaks. However, if mold exists despite your prevention efforts, get help now by calling HelpPro1 toll-free at 844-435-7776 today! We provide effective, professional mold cleanup and restoration services throughout Central Illinois so that you can get on with life as usual.
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