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4 Steps To Take After Commercial Water Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on curtains Water damage spreads fast and easily creating an ideal environment for mold to grow.

Four Steps to Take Following Commercial Water Damage

From broken pipes to heavy storms and HVAC system malfunctions, water damage may happen at any time in your Lake Mary, FL, business. When the unexpected happens, help minimize the damage and get back to normal faster by taking the following four steps:

1. Find the Source

It is essential to find the source of the problem and stop it. If it involves flooding, that may not be possible. When the problem is a plumping or appliance issue, it is essential to turn it off as long as it is safe to do so. This may require shutting off the main water valve.

2. File a Claim

Once the water stops flowing, call your insurance provider to make a claim. The quicker this happens, the faster the issue is resolved. Along with filing the claim, take photos and videos of all affected areas and items. This is essential documentation to help move your claim along more smoothly. It is also recommended to keep a log of all items damaged and locate any receipts if possible.

3. Begin Water, Water-logged Material Extraction

Water damage spreads fast and easily creating an ideal environment for mold to grow. After getting approval from your insurance provider, remove any waterlogged items from the property to dry in a safe, secure location. The next essential stepping is extracting standing water. As it sits, it may easily begin to seep up walls and into other porous materials.

4. Get Professional Water Cleanup Help

Depending on the extent of the damage, the water removal process and following restoration steps may require water and mold restorative services. Calling in the experts provides peace of mind on all levels. Along with helping extract water and dry out the property, trained technicians will have the expertise and tools to salvage many items, clean and deodorize affected areas, and complete restoration repairs.

Finding water damage on your property is frustrating. Taking the above steps and acting quickly helps ease the situation.

Content Cleaning Methods After Water Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Damage document Choosing a professional restoration company makes it easier to restore items instead of replacing them

 Cleaning Content After Water Damage

Whether the culprit is a severe storm, broken pipe, or another unexpected event, water damage to your Lake Mary, FL, the property is more than a structural problem. A flooded company means that carpets, rugs, furniture, documents, electronics and more may be at risk. When you choose a certified water damage remediation and restoration company, you get a team of experts focused on restoring those items.

Dry Cleaning and Other Methods

Restoring belongings saves money and time, but it isn’t an easy task. Depending on what is damaged, it may require different methods of cleaning. Many of these involve specialized equipment and processes. When choosing SERVPRO, contents are pretested to determine salvageability. From there, the following cleaning methods may be used to restore them back to normal:

  • Dry: Ideal for pre-cleaning and removing light residues.
  • Wet: Method for eradicating moderate and heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe: Used on items unable to be wet cleaned.
  • Foam: A wet cleaning alternative for materials known to bleed or shrink, such as upholstery fabrics.
  • Abrasive: Agitation on the material surface to remove heavy-duty stains.
  • Immersion: Items are fully immersed in a cleaning solution bath.

Salvaging Documents and Electronics for a Flooded Company

While the above methods work on a number of materials, some items in your business are much more delicate. Any electronics will be thoroughly cleaned and inspected by a specialized technician to determine if they will be safe to continue using.

Documents and photographs also make the list of items that may not need to be tossed. From air drying to vacuum freezing, the extent of the damage will determine the best, if any, restoration method.

The owner of a flooded company has a lot to deal with from the building itself to the vital documents needed to operate. Choosing a professional restoration company makes it easier to restore items instead of replacing them.