Woodard Restores Church from Large Fire Loss

Woodard services vehicles arrive to help church from fire damageWoodard Cleaning & Restoration
utilizes 24/7 emergency response services
to help local church recover from large loss

St. Louis, Mo. (October, 2014) – Even the most routine repair job can become dangerous.

This was the case when an accident occurred during a routine roof maintenance project. This resulted in a 2-alarm fire.

The large church, which also houses a school, suffered severe damage. In addition to offices and classrooms, the gymnasium, cafeteria and mezzanine were affected, totaling 40,000 square feet of damage.

Because of our prior relationship, Woodard was called immediately to begin fire restoration services. Within one hour, we had emergency crews on site working with church officials and insurance staff.

Due to the size of this loss, Woodard’s main service lines were utilized—water, fire and reconstruction. Our project management team provided detailed communication and planning to determine the overall service timeline.

Our first priority was to secure the area by providing board-up, fencing, and tarping services. This was followed by a thorough damage assessment; and appropriate water and fire technicians were assigned. The initial cleanup lasted only 8 days due to our process efficiencies.

Woodard utilized FASTRAX, our proprietary job management system; and consulted with the job’s architect, structural engineer, and the city inspector to review and finalize our scope of work.

This entire building was contained to begin the smoke mitigation process, one component of which is odor and soot removal. Services entailed ceiling to floor cleaning which included carpeting and upholstered furniture. Salvageable contents were packed out and cleaned in our Content Care Center and vaulted for storage. Additionally, Woodard built scaffolding to assist in cleaning of large areas, including the mezzanine, pulpit areas and sanctuary.

By utilizing our experience and full-service restoration capacity, we were able to return this community staple to its former glory, and get the parishioners and the students they serve back to business. Our quick response and 24/7 full service large loss efforts made this possible.

About Woodard Cleaning & Restoration

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration was founded in 1946, and is located in St. Louis, Missouri. With more than 65 years of experience, Woodard is proud to serve as a preferred provider of water, fire, and smoke restoration services for residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. For more information, visit Woodard’s website, or call 800.466.9308.

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