The team at FH Water Restoration would like to start by saying our thoughts are with you if you are reading this because you've unfortunately experienced a fire at your home or commercial property in the Denver, CO area. It is certainly not easy to endure or to handle/recover from after it has happened. We are here to help you out though with tips on what to do afterwards, one of which is to have your home or building boarded up. One of the more obvious reasons to board up is to protect what is left of your home and property from the elements, however there are several more reasons that may get overlooked. Keep reading to learn from the FH Water Restoration experts why you need building board up after a fire loss.
What is Building Board Up
First, we'll answer what building board up is. "Building board up" refers to having a restoration or construction team, such as Fire and Hail, come to your property to patch up any holes, broken windows, or damaged doors with plywood. Sometimes this even entails installing barricades and tarping exposed roofing, depending on what your needs are and what you're trying to protect. To learn more about FH Water Restoration's building board up service, visit our building board up page.
Why You Need Building Board Up After a Fire Loss
In addition to the obvious, which is keeping outside elements outside of your property, having your building boarded up is important after a fire loss for a few other reasons:
- You want to avoid having someone loot your property. If you leave your home or building exposed with broken windows or doors, the likelihood of someone coming in to loot what is left is higher. To avoid the risk of having a thief enter your property with bad intentions, it is best to board up any areas where they could gain access to your Denver home/property.
- To prepare for assessment/cleaning. In a commercial property, there may still be stock or inventory on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, this is another reason to consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and/or cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen is a necessity for insurance purposes.
- Limit soot damage. Boarding up can help prevent foot traffic on the scene of a fire, which is generally a good idea. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery that's leftover after the fire, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to what they were like prior to the fire loss.
- Protect valuables that could be restored. A great example of this is your electronics - depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. You have a better chance of this if you go through the proper boarding up.
- Prevent further damage. This "further damage" can come in many different forms - vandalism, a big storm, looters, etc. If you board up after a fire loss, you're protecting your home or commercial property from both people and the weather elements, which remember are really unpredictable in Denver. After you've experienced a fire loss, the last thing you want to have is even more damage, so make sure to have a company such as Fire and Hail Roofing & Restoration help you board up.
Have questions about building board up and whether you need it for your property after a fire loss? The team at FH Water Restoration is always standing by to answer any of your fire loss/fire restoration questions. We understand your biggest concern is going to be recovering from the fire damage as quickly as possible and getting your property restored - part of this being successful is having building board up services done. Preventing further damage, looting, and more will make the cleanup and fire restoration process happen quicker and more efficiently. Call us at 720-454-3311 for Denver fire restoration and building board up services.