A Commercial Building Should Be Tarped After a Fire
Fire Cleanup Process
The roof of your commercial building is a key part of your building envelope. Once it's damaged in a fire, the elements can get inside and cause serious trouble. To prevent this, the first part of a fire cleanup should be to tarp the roof.
A Broken Envelope
The envelope is the boundary between materials on the outside of a building that are built to withstand wind and rain, and the materials inside that cant. it's important for three reasons:
- It limits the flow of air for efficient climate control.
- It prevents water damage from rain.
- It reduces moisture buildup that can cause black mold.
After a significant fire, it's normal for the roof to sustain damage. It needs to be tarped before the next rain, if possible.
As soon as the flames are out, you need to secure your property. Call a local expert in fire cleanup to immediately protect your commercial building. They'll inspect your property and send technicians to tarp and board the exposed areas.
Tarping a roof can be complicated. The goal is not only to protect you from damage, it's to get you reopened as quickly as possible. This means making tarps and boards as airtight as possible and as soon as possible. Every day your business is closed makes it more likely it will fail within two years, so time is not on your side.
Extracting the Water
You'll probably have water damage after the fire. This also needs to be removed as soon as possible. Many building materials are absorbent, meaning they're being damaged over time by the sitting water. Water that gets behind walls will often cause a long-term problem with excess moisture, which can cause explosive black mold growth.
Your restoration experts have large air movers and water extraction equipment to remove water as quickly as possible. This can occur during or immediately after your exterior is tarped and boarded. Once the inside has been dried, the roof repair is often the next step.
Tarping is a normal part of the roof repair process. Fire cleanup crews know all the tricks to get your commercial building open for business quickly.