Why Emergency Board Up? Securing Your Business After a Fire
Ways to Protect Your Unsecure Building
Keeping your business secure after a commercial fire isn’t always top of mind, but it should be. Once the flames are out, your South Portland,ME, building faces new threats in the form of weather, animals and vandals. Here are some ways to secure your business prior to fire damage restoration.
After the fire, but before repair is often the most vulnerable time for a damaged building. Ways to protect your unsecure building include:
- Emergency board up
- Security fencing
- Roof protection
Emergency Board Up
In addition to scorching doors and burning holes through walls, heat from fires can burst windows and leave your building wide open. Even the tiniest hole can be enough for an animal to get through and destroy personal property. In a pinch, use simple plywood and a nail gun to cover most holes. Or, connect with a fire damage restoration firm that may rent out steel coverings for extra tough security.
A damaged building is typically a vacant one, and those are a gold mine in the minds of would-be thieves. Security fencing is a great way to create a barrier. Encircling the building with sturdy chain-link fencing can make it hard to get in without being noticed. Best of all, it’s easily removed for repairs.
Flames that reach the roof of your building can cause particularly costly roof damage - but things can get much worse if water gets in on top of that. Sturdy, industrial-grade tarps can be placed over roof holes and secured to create a waterproof barrier that keeps storm damage at bay.
You owe it to yourself to prevent more stress from a fire if you can. Securing your building after the blaze is a great way to do it. Whether its boarding, fencing or a basic tarp, apply these methods to keep your building safe until fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup are complete.