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How Can SERVPRO Assist When a Local Cafe Experiences a Kitchen Fire?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

View of inside of Restaurant; table empty; ready for customers Fires are devastating to any business. SERVPRO can remove the smoke odors and restore the damage.

Our Technicians are Quick to the Scene and Can Provide Emergency Mitigation to Restore Your Los Angeles Cafe

In Los Angeles, local cafes do a thriving business serving early morning business commuters, the afternoon lunch group, and coffee lovers. When a fire flashes in the kitchen of one of these local dining favorites, it can significantly impact the business. Not only does the café experience downtown and a loss of revenue, but it may lose customers as well. SERVPRO provides rapid-fire mitigation to get the restaurant open and serving customers.

What is the Purpose of a Fire Restoration Business?

According to FEMA, cooking fires account for approximately 30.6% of non-residential fires. Over nine years, through 2018, the leading cause of non-commercial fires was cooking. SERVPRO assists business owners in getting their business and their revenue back on track. That’s why we provide professional fire restoration to Los Angeles businesses. Our purpose is to mitigate fire damage through clean up, repair, and restoration, including:

  • Scoping the scene to prepare a work plan
  • Removing debris and charred materials
  • Residual water, soot, and odor mitigation

The objective is to return the business to its preloss condition, if possible, and clean every area of your café. The proprietor works with our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) to decide the right course of action for rebuilding the eatery. 

Fast Response Time is Vital

One of the main things SERVPRO teams focus on whenever there is a fire is smoke odor. Water extraction is another area that requires immediate mitigation. The water and chemicals used by firefighters need to be removed, and the business dried. If left untreated secondary damage like mold can occur. The key to proper cleanup and restoration is a prompt intervention. Our technicians not only provide the fire damage restoration required for your situation, but they do it as quickly as possible. When dealing with commercial properties, our crews handle:

Residual Water – When moisture is not immediately extracted, mold can develop. Mold colonies can begin to develop in as little as 24 hours. Smoke odors are foul enough, but it can be difficult to remove when combined with the musty smell of mold. Mold can also cause health effects. 

Smoke Odors – The pungent smell of smoke can quickly permeate throughout the fire damaged Los Angeles café. The debris from the soot, fire, and firefighting chemicals contribute to the odors and affect not only the air but walls, fixtures, and furniture. The first step in lessening the smell is the removal of soot and debris. Further deodorization takes place later.

Soot Removal– A thick layer of soot is often seen in commercial fires. It can be damaging on its own, but it is even more harmful when combined with the moisture from fire hoses. Rapid soot removal is paramount to prevent surface areas from being further damaged. 

What Restoration Steps Does SERVPRO Implement?

Our Green Team gets busy mitigating soot damage, water damage, and smoke odors right away, understanding the need to work quickly. Several steps need to be implemented before the restoration begins. 

Water extraction and chemical clean up and the removal of charred and damaged debris get handled right away. Wet areas get dried with industrial air moved and dehumidifiers. Our technicians determine the type of soot involved and the makeup of surface areas impacted. They then implement the correct cleaning techniques and products. Soot removal is handled using soda blasting, agitative methods, industrial vacuums, and other techniques as needed. All areas are cleaned and disinfected. The content of the café may be removed to a warehouse or non-affected space for cleaning. 

Once the above has taken place, restoration can begin. Our goal is always to restore rather than replace whenever possible. A restaurant fire can have unique challenges. And certain things are not salvageable. When dealing with eateries, the situation may include:

  • Soot settling on food items. Fresh food is never salvageable.
  • Food exposed to firefighting chemicals (or powder from the fire suppression system in the kitchen) is contaminated.
  • Food items in a freezer or refrigeration area may be salvageable if the appliance itself was unaffected and the seal is intact.
  • Perishable items in cans and boxes should be discarded. Canned goods exposed to high heat are not safe.
  • Plasticware that has been in the heat may not be salvageable. 
  • Porous items such as linens and draperies may be cleanable if not directly impacted by the fire.
  • Glass and metal ware not directly damaged can often be cleaned.

Structural elements and the content of the café are repaired, restored, or replaced during the restoration phase. Fixtures, booths, and tables not directly impacted by the fire, or having minimal damage, can often be restored to preloss condition. Our technicians know what to salvage and what to throw away and help business owners make wise decisions. 

Our goal is to get you serving coffee, lunches, and fresh-baked muffins to your customers. To ensure that happens, contact SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for commercial fire restoration service. Contractor Licenses: CSLB: 837225.

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