Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration
Is Your Business or Home Suffering From Water Damage?
Fires or storms create water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things your business can do to start the repairing process, but you will likely need a certified professional to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases, government agencies can condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great.
Moisture is difficult to detect once floods recede. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. It is of utmost importance for the technicians to minimize any future damage as soon as possible. If you act quickly, documents, furniture, and equipment may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury.
Before entering a property affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off. Exposed wires or plugged-in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering for the first time. Snakes, reptiles, or rodents might be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves, and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites.
Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the business are compromised by water damage. Normally, porous items may need to be discarded if they have come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, carpets/flooring, furniture, and box/paper products trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. Often, your insurance company will take care of moving and storing the items you wish to save. If you feel you can’t wait, it’s okay to move these items to a safe place before the technicians arrive—but be sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing.
Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside. When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that might include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professionals locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods.
It’s important for your business to hire professionals who are certified through a reputable organization. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them. We have certified technicians on our team who would be more than happy to assist you!