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3 Reasons To Board Up After a Fire

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Do They Board Up Houses After A Fire?

When a fire erupts in your building in New Hyde Park, NY there will likely be more to repair than just fire damage. Firefighters use large amounts of water to put out fires, resulting in water damage. They may also take out windows or cut holes in your roof to ventilate smoke so they can put the fire out faster. These holes can leave your building vulnerable, though, so it's important that the fire restoration specialists you hire mitigate the damaged board-up your building has until they can be repaired. 


1. Discourage Looters
Looting is a common problem with buildings that have been damaged by fire. A missing window can be seen as an open invitation to thieves and vandals to enter your property. To prevent anything from being stolen, make sure your building is boarded until it is repaired.


2. Prevent Further Damage
Covering the holes in your roof, walls and windows can help prevent further fire damage. After being ravaged by a fire, your building doesn't need more damage from rain, debris or vermin entering through the hole in your roof. A well-secured tarp can keep your building safe from extraneous damaging elements until the damage to the roof is fixed.


3. Meet Insurer's Standards
When your insurance adjuster pays a visit to your building, he or she may be looking for instances of negligence. Even if the fire cleanup is covered under your policy, if you fail to prevent further damage to your property by not boarding up the vulnerable spots, you may have to pay for the subsequent secondary damage out of pocket. Show yourself to be above reproach by making sure the building is properly protected with boards and tarps.


The fire damage the flames leave behind in your building may be your primary concern, but it is not the only thing that needs consideration. Protect your property from people, animals and weather by adding board-up services to your checklist.

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