Organizing The Restoration After A Downtown Hotel Fire
When an electrical fire caused a downtown Tampa hotel to be evacuated in January of 2016 guests where moved out of the building from just after 9 in the morning until 730 that night. Firefighters worked on an electrical fire ensuring guests and staff were safe while putting the fire out. The electrical fire caused smoke odors throughout the first four floors. According to the National Fire Protection Association fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated average of 3,520 structure fires in hotels and motels each year, which represents 1% of all structure fires..
A fire damage event in a Tampa business can be professionally handled when owners have secured the services of SERVPRO of West Tampa. For a temporary move-out, certified renovation professionals will sure that hotel owners have their contents packed, boxed, tagged, inventoried, photographed and staged in a specific area. After a devastating fire in a hotel, the contents are quickly moved from the site to a warehouse or a storage facility for a scheduled cleaning. To further help hotel owners, a move-out checklist should be devised to help coordinate the move date with the business owner, the adjuster, the renovation contractors and a professional mover. A checklist should consist of a pack-up start date, a projected move-out date, and an actual date that the move-out will occur. Adjusters generally don't care when the move happens, but contractors do care since their reconstruction work is held up until the contents are moved. The fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of West Tampa are using an inventory software package with an application called POI – Pack-Out Inventory to help keep their customers organized for claims processing. The software allows the restoration company to provide a complete inventory, using bar code and scanner technology. The software aptly tracks the entire move-out project with custom room templates and detailed room-by-room contents. This software also helps business owners to categorize each contents item into three different categories, as needed: salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable items.
When a restoration company is helping to schedule their hotel customer’s move-out items, this is accomplished in two steps. After cleaning, the contents are removed from the warehouse and delivered to the customer's restored hotel location. Cleaning a hotel's fire damaged items are a part of their “restore versus replace” mantra. Hotel contents are pre-tested to decide what items can be restored to a pre-fire condition. There are several methods of cleaning: dry, wet, spray and wipe, foam, abrasive and immersion cleaning techniques.
As a proud and active member of Florida's southeastern community, SERVPRO of West Tampa is locally owned and operated, 24 hours, seven days a week. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training to make your property operative again. Commercial restoration is a unique challenge. Our experts have the training, experience, and resources to help restore your business from lost revenue and lost productivity. Call us today at (813) 855-0888 for fire damage restoration and a move-out schedule, when needed.