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Commercial Water Restoration Repair
Residential water damage can be costly for any homeowner. Yet commercial water damage restoration can cost companies even more.Water damage can cause extensive damage to any size property. Commercial property is generally a larger area than residential properties, thus causing more damage in the same amount of time.
Whether it is roof leaks, flooding or natural disasters, you need to make sure you act quickly when your property has become damaged by water. Commercial water damage restoration is a large feat to tackle and needs to be handled by a professional restoration service.
Commercial Water Damage Repair
There are many steps that need to be taken when dealing with commercial water damage restoration. Companies can choose to use different techniques when cleaning and restoring.
-Water mitigation is the first step. You must clear out all standing water before you proceed to any restoration.
– De-humidification and moisture control helps with the buildings moisture levels. Your space will never dry out unless it is ventilated properly.
-Temporary air conditioners and cooling towers can be added as well. These machines will control temperatures and climate within your building. This will prevent mold and mildew from forming in and on porous materials.
-Odor control will be taken into account when dealing with commercial water damage restoration as well. If mold and mildew has started to form, it will take a professional to preform the cleaning process to eliminate odors and toxic smells.
-Temporary roofing can be a possibility when it comes to weather related damage.
-Board ups are essential to keep further damage from happening to your building. This allows damaged walls and windows to temporarily be fixed so the cleaning and restoration process starts quickly.
Many restoration companies will work with your insurance company to lessen the stress during the restoration process. The cleaning process can last anywhere from a week to many months depending on the amount of damage. Restoration companies like SERVPRO of Upper East Side will make sure your property is handled in a timely manner. The faster the water is extracted and cleaned, the less money you will spend while saving time. Like stated before, mold and mildew can start to grow if not dealt with quickly. Make sure to find a company that can handle all your commercial water damage needs.
Many floods and sewage backup can contain many deadly bacteria’s and just the slightest skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. A certified water damage restoration service not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, they also have the right knowledge to get your commercial building back up and running again and giving your employees a safe environment to work in the New York Metropolitan area.
The amount of damaged water can cause can happen is astounding, and often times it is underestimated by us commercial owners. Excess moisture is already bad enough, but when your commercial building is flooded or hit with a burst pipe, the situation can get out of hand way too fast. This is one of many reasons why these accidents are by far the most expensive problems a commercial owner can face. Contaminated water does not only create structural problems to your building, it can leave serious threats behind after it has been removed from your property.
4 Critical Steps in Preventing Commercial Water Damage
Take the necessary steps to be prepared for any disaster that may occur to your business. Always have a Plan B ready to go.
We’ve all been asked the question, “In a fire, what would you grab first?” For a homeowner, that’s an easy answer. Most of us would choose precious keepsakes, photos, and a few prized possessions. However, when disaster comes knocking on the door of a business, there can be dozens of critical documents, files, records, and technical equipment that are indispensable in the smooth flow of business operations.
1. Do your Research
Some municipalities have information on certain flood and sewer back-up prevention programs that are tax deductible for business owners.
2. Conduct Regular Inspections
The components of a commercial building are diverse and complex. Unlike residential property, commercial buildings tend to have major external HVAC components, roofs decorated with an array of pipes and fans, and large utility rooms. This equipment can be intimidating for many. The best way to keep the harrowing weather outside is to hire a professional to conduct frequent and thorough inspections. Although the building may be in great condition four times out of five, the occasional adjustment or repair can save hundreds in water damage restoration costs.
3. Locate shut-off valves
Without peeking at an emergency plan, our team members in the building able to identify where major water shut-off valves are? If they aren’t easily accessible, does every employee know who in the building to contact in case of an unexpected water
overflow or pipe burst? In a high-stress situation, most individuals are only able to recall previously learned information rather than think on their feet. A few minutes to locate shut-off valves will ensure proper performance when it counts. If you don’t have an Emergency Ready Plan for your business, reach out to one of SERVPRO service members to help you set one up for you free of charge. You’ll never know when a disaster might strike. Call SERVPRO of Upper East Side 917-924-2260 and ask for Chris Garcia.
4. Keep Valuable Stock Secure
Even with intensive preparation, water doesn’t pick favorites. Naturally, the last items you want to jeopardize are your business’s critical documents, paperwork, and brainstormed plans. This can be as extensive as purchasing a company safe or as simple as obtaining waterproof file cabinet that sits a few feet above the ground.
Residential vs Commercial Water Damage
The big difference between homes and businesses is the type of carpet that gets wet. Residential Water Damages usually have carpet over padding. Not only is the carpet water damaged, but the padding is soaked in many cases or at least wet. The usual process is to remove the carpet from the floor and remove the padding. Then remove the tack strip that holds the carpet down. Many homeowners forget to remove the tack strip and when they add a carpet fan to dry the carpet, the tack strip can actually rip a hole in the carpet as the carpet is flapping up and down.
Commercial buildings usually have wet carpet that is glued to the floor which means there is no padding. Although that is good in one way, it creates another issue. The other issue is getting the bottom of the carpet that is glued to the floor to dry.
Most carpet cleaners and cleaning janitorial companies use an air mover that blows on the carpet to dry the carpet. The problem is that the air mover also known as a carpet fan only dries the surface of the carpet. The problem becomes bigger because unknown to the property manager, carpet cleaner, and janitorial service the bottom of the carpet is wet. The moisture underneath the carpet (remember that the carpet is glued to the floor and no one can feel underneath the carpet) will be a feeding ground for mold and bacteria. Building management professionals will know it's a problem a few days later as they smell a foul odor. That odor is the growth of bacteria and mold growing.
Unless you have a moisture meter to determine if the carpet is wet underneath, you have to assume that the carpet is dry by feeling the surface of the carpet. As we have just learned, that becomes a liability and opportunity for tenants and employees to complain and possibly bring legal action.
Drying underneath the carpet and preventing mold damage and bacteria growth is actually very easy. Remember that mold normally (but not always) takes 36 to 72 hours to start to grow. There are molds that grow faster, but this an average time period for most molds. This information tells us that we have some time to work fast to prevent an issue. Please also remember that this process can be used by untrained and uncertified employees for wet carpet areas less than a 3 feet x 3 feet. Any wet carpet areas more than this will need a IICRC certified professional.
First take the same air mover that you used to dry the wet area and actually keep the air mover on for another 24 hours after the carpet feels dry. You will need to purchase a moisture meter that will test the bottom of the carpet After 24 hours the carpet should read dry, but if not let it run another 24 hours. The reason you can dry underneath the carpet without taking the carpet up, is because through osmosis, drying the surface of the carpet will " suck " the moisture from the bottom of the carpet to the top. Removing the moisture will reduce the possibility of mold and bacteria growth.
There are more differences between drying a water damage in a home and in a commercial building such as fire walls, computer systems, complicated furniture.
Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies and other sensitive manufacturing companies have compounded issues. Because of concerns of dust and mold these issues may interfere with patients' health and manufacturing processes.
The bottom line is to be careful when hiring a water damage restoration clean up company. It's best for commercial property management to start searching now and creating emergency plans to make sure they have all needs covered. Planning your water damage recovery when the pipes burst is not the best way.