Fire Damage to a Highland Park Furniture Showroom
Call SERVPRO After a Damaging Event to Your Business in Highland Park
Damage from smoke and soot can cost a business thousands of dollars and time spent in a hotel or other temporary housing. Damage to a business such as a furniture store can shut it down after just a couple of weeks due to the loss of the income that pays for remediation and insurance.
Restoring a Highland Park business after commercial fire damage is not quick or simple. Just starting the process requires a large crew of trained personnel to examine the damage and determine what property is restorable and what is now suitable only for a landfill. Attempting to use untrained employees puts them at risk and causes further costly damage.
Upholstery is stained almost immediately and becomes permanent in less than a week. SERVPRO technicians use special vacuums and agitators to loosen smoke and soot residues to remove them. Crew members use water and chemical cleaners to accelerate the process and hopefully restore the property to its pre-damaged condition.
As long as the damage to wood furniture is not from direct flames or heat, much of it is salvageable and, although state law requires all restored furniture advertised as such before returning it to the showroom floor. The key factor in saving an item is the veneer on the wood. If it has not bubbled or ran from the heat, it can usually be cleaned safely by either wiping it down with a dry or damp cloth. Technicians use either water or a mild cleaner designed not to penetrate the veneer or the wood surface underneath.
Bathroom fixtures and kitchen appliances are equally as vulnerable. Uncoated metal in sink handles and faucets tarnish in less than a day. Fiberglass and plastic fixtures begin to yellow just as quickly. Refrigerators, stoves, and freezers are vulnerable to the pitting of their surfaces from soot. All of these items require immediate cleaning as soon as it is safe to enter the structure. The structure itself is also a source of concern and cost. In three or four days, smoke and soot destroy paint and wallpaper, pit vinyl flooring and wall coverings. These items cannot be cleaned and require replacing. For a large building like a furniture store, this alone can run into thousands of dollars.
Recovering your business as a source of income requires patience and a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale has been a leader in restoration services for decades in California and is ready to support you now. Call us today at (818) 244-6005 to begin.