Laundromat Fire: Our Expert 5-Step Process For Recovery
A laundromat fire can leave your business with extensive damage, but we can help!
Laundromat owners know there’s an inherent risk in owning a business with many heat-producing machines in one place. Although, laundromat fires are not as common as other commercial fires, they can cause significant damage to your building and its contents.
While a laundromat fire can be devastating, the professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb have put together a 5-step process to help alleviate some of the stress you might endure during a laundromat fire disaster. As a trustworthy fire damage restoration company in the greater Atlanta area, we understand how to get your laundromat back up and running in the fastest way possible.
What can cause a laundromat fire?
Laundromat fires can be caused by various things, including faulty wiring, malfunctioning machines, or even arson. However, the most common cause of laundromat fires is lint buildup in the dryer’s exhaust ducts. Like residential dryer fires, lint can ignite, easily causing fire. In addition, it can spread quickly throughout the building through your property’s ductwork.
Our five laundromat fire recovery steps
Now that you know the causes of laundromat fires let's look at our five-step process for recovery. Before we go through these steps, we assume you have contacted your insurance carrier and filed a claim.
Step 1) Assess the damage
The first step is to assess the damage and develop a plan of action. Then, our team of certified professionals will come in and do a thorough inspection of your laundromat to determine the extent of the damage and develop a recovery plan. The recovery plan will be based on the results of our initial assessment.
Step 2) Boarding up and securing the building
The next step is to board up and secure the building. Securing the property is essential for two reasons: first, it will help prevent further damage to your laundromat; second, it will help keep people and critters from entering the building.
Step 3) Cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surface
Once the building is secure, we will start the process of cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surfaces. We use state-of-the-art fire restoration equipment and techniques to restore your laundromat to its original condition. Cleaning and restoring all salvageable items and surfaces includes shampooing carpets, cleaning walls, and sanitizing any surfaces affected by smoke or soot.
Step 4) Deodorization
The next step is deodorization. Even if an item or surface looks clean, it can still hold odors from the fire. Our certified professionals will use industrial-strength deodorizers to eliminate all odors from the laundromat.
Step 5) Reconstruction
The final step is reconstruction. Reconstruction includes anything from minor repairs to major renovations. Our team of certified professionals has the experience and knowledge to rebuild your laundromat back to its original condition.
What can you do to prevent a laundromat fire?
The best way to prevent a laundromat fire is to ensure that your machines are properly maintained and that the exhaust ducts are cleaned regularly. You should also have a working fire suppression system and ensure your employees are trained in its use.
The professionals at SERVPRO of South Cobb hope you enjoyed learning about laundromat fires and our five-step process for recovery. Of course, we also hope that you never have to experience a laundromat fire. However, if you do, we want you to know that we are here for you.
We understand that a laundromat fire can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. But with SERVPRO of South Cobb by your side, you can rest assured that your business is in good hands. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to get your laundromat running again and are always available for questions so that you can stay updated throughout the entire process.
Feel free to contact us today regarding any questions or to get started on your laundromat fire recovery. We are always here to help!