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Commercial Water Damage Restoration Tips

By May 12, 2017Water

Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage can be caused by everything from severe weather to faulty plumbing, but whatever the reason, it will always require prompt attention. This is because every hour that passes without mitigation has the potential to cost much more in repairs down the line.

It’s the property manager’s responsibility to take emergency action in dealing with the situation because the insurance company is more likely to cover restoration costs if the damage was dealt with in a timely manner. Depending on the amount of damage done, there are some things you can do to help mitigate the situation while you are waiting for a restoration company to arrive and give a broad assessment on repairs and track the source of the damage. 

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Here are the steps to take after any water damage to your business or property. Remember, it’s always better to call professionals to help you restore your business.

 1. Shut Off Water

If the source of the damage is faulty plumbing, then it will be necessary to turn off the main water line to prevent further damage to the area.

2. Turn Off the Power

The area that is damaged by water could be dangerous if there are exposed outlets or appliances in the pathway of standing water. If it’s safe to do so, shut off power at the electrical panel to minimize the risk of electric shock.

3. Stay Clear of Black and Grey Water

If you encounter discolored water pooling in the area, stay clear of it. It could be very toxic and would need to be dealt with by professionals. If you do decide to go ahead and remove it, ensure that you wear protective gear so as to minimize and prevent exposure. Wear goggles, gloves and protective coverings on your face and exposed skin.

4. Remove Furniture

From the Area If it’s safe to do so, and you have followed the above recommendations, then consider removing anything that could be damaged by standing water such as furniture and rugs and curtains. Put them in a place where they can dry out if possible.

5. Mop or Vacuum Excess Water

If you can, try and remove as much moisture from the area as possible. You can use a mop and a bucket or a wet/dry vacuum to suck up some of the moisture while you are waiting for the restoration company to arrive.

6. Pull Up Carpets

If there are obviously wet carpets with moisture pooling underneath, then you will need to pull up the carpets to prevent further damage to the subflooring. This is a crucial first step because if you have wood flooring underneath the carpets, it can be very difficult to repair once the water damage has accumulated over time.

Thankfully, many times all you will have to replace is just the carpet padding. Once the carpets dry out, you can oftentimes reinstall them after they are cleaned.

7. Use a Fan and Dehumidifier

If possible, get some ventilation into the area by opening windows. You can also use a fan and dehumidifier to dry out the area as much as you can. This will help stop the propagation of mold growth. In reality, you will probably need multiple industrial grade dehumidifiers to properly dry any area.

8. Watch Out For Toxic Mold

You will want to wear protective gear while working on the water damage area. You should wear:

  • Googles
  • Gloves
  • Face Mask

This is because you could potentially expose yourself to toxic mold spores which can begin growing in as little as 24 hours.

Black toxic mold, one of the most toxic molds to humans, takes about a week to start growing. If you suspect the water damage has been happening for a while, then take special care not to expose yourself to this sometimes deadly form of mold. If you find mold contact us to help you with a commercial mold remediation.

9. Call A Restoration Company

Restoration companies can help mitigate serious commercial water damage, but it’s imperative to call them as soon as you realize there is water damage because the faster they respond, the less it will cost you down the line. Water restoration technicians have special procedures and state of the art tools to remedy the situation. They utilize modern drying machines and dehumidifiers that can get the job done quickly and efficiently.

They can also lookout for signs of water damage that is occurring outside of view behind walls and underneath flooring.

Here are tell tale signs of water damage:

  • Peeling Paint
  • Peeling Wallpaper
  • Visibile Moisture
  • Mold Spores
  • Dampness
  • Musty Odors

It’s always best to get a professional opinion to help with restoration so no damage goes unnoticed, causing further issues in the future.

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