Water damage can be devastating for a business, but if it’s dealt with quickly and correctly, things may not be so bad.
Professional water clean up companies can assess the situation and determine the best course of action to deal with water damage. If overflowing water gets into your building, it’s important that you contact a suitable company immediately.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about water restoration and cleanup in a business. Keep reading for more.
Immediate Steps to Take After Water Damage
If your business suffers water damage, you should immediately contact your insurance provider. Make sure you take plenty of pictures as these will help your claim.
Water and electricity don’t go well together, so make sure you get an electrician to assess your building. Do this before entering to make sure it’s safe.
Water Clean Up Process
Flood damage restoration is an involved process. At ServiceMaster Restore, we follow the right steps to minimize the extent of the damage and get your building back to the state it should be in.
Inspection and Assessment
We start by inspecting the building to see how far the water damage has spread and how severe it is. This helps us determine exactly what needs to be done to put things right.
Extract Standing Water
The next step of flood damage clean up is water removal. This involves using special equipment to suck up any standing water.
It’s vital that this is done quickly. If water is left sitting for too long it can lead to issues like mold growth and structural damage.
Handling the Interior
With the standing water gone, we can get to work restoring the interior of your building. Furniture and fabrics need to be removed, and there’s a good chance they won’t be salvageable if they’ve been wet for too long. Direct sunlight can damage them further, so furniture and fabrics need to air dry, though fans and dehumidifiers can help.
Salvaging walls is even more tricky. If we’re able to do it quickly, we can minimize damage. We may also be able to prevent mold from growing which is ideal as this can present a health risk.
The method of drying floors (as well as its difficulty) depends on the type of flooring. Layered plywood, for example, can swell and may need to be removed. Concrete, on the other hand, can often dry on its own without causing any issues.
Drying the Affected Areas
With the standing water gone, we can start to properly dry the area. This may involve using dehumidifiers and other special equipment depending on the source of the water and how long it’s been there.
Monitoring the Water Clean Up Process
We’ll monitor the progress of the clean up process to make sure everything is going to plan. This will involve taking measurements and checking on equipment throughout the process. Once we’re confident all of the moisture is gone, we’ll remove the equipment.
Does Your Building Need Water Clean Up Services?
If your building suffers from water overflow or a flood, you should seek out professional water clean up services as soon as possible. ServiceMaster Restore offers reliable water damage restoration services throughout Western Montana.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.