- How do I know when my property is completely dry?
- How does mould spread?
- Do I need to move my business out of my commercial property during the fire restoration process?
Professional testing with specialized equipment is the correct way to determine if your business property and contents are completely dry. Touch alone may be a false indicator.
For moulds to grow and reproduce, they need a damp environment and an organic food source, such as cellulose, which is found in many building materials such as wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, and other household materials such as carpeting and fabrics. Mould can also grow in the HVAC system, roof, foundation, and other areas where the environment encourages mould growth.
Depending on the extent of damage from the fire, this is ultimately your decision. Some things you may want to consider are safety concerns, odours, electricity, and disruption to your business as a result of the equipment, work and noise that may be necessary to complete the restoration process. If vacating your premises during the process, consider informing all customers and associates; forwarding your mail to your temporary location; stopping or redirecting pickups and deliveries; and notifying all utility companies, of the temporary suspension of services to your usual business location during the restoration process.