All those heavy rainfalls may seem innocent, but the result (flooding) can wreak havoc on business facilities. Flooded rooms can interrupt operations and service delivery and lead to extensive commercial water damage restoration services. If not addressed soon enough, water damage can also turn into a major health hazard and cost more for remediation.
Water damage can occur because of a:
- once-in-a-hundred-year flooding or major weather system,
- pipe break or leak,
- sewage system malfunction,
- sprinkler system leak or malfunction,
- machine malfunction,
- leaking appliance,
- pump issues.
When flooding does hit, it makes financial cents to know these tips for water damage restoration and removal.
Be careful about entering a flooded room.
Even the clearest flooded water can be hazardous, especially if there is electrical equipment and gas lines present. Before venturing into the flooded area, the gas and electric in the room or building should be turned off—UNLESS it cannot be turned off without going into the water.
Evaluate the type of water.
The amount of clean-up that can be done safely depends on the level and types of contaminants in the water. A small amount of water without any or a low level of contaminants (i.e. chemicals, sewage, etc.) can be cleaned up with minimal risk. If there are a significant amount of contamination, contact the professionals to remove the water and clean up any damage.
Contact the insurance company ASAP.
Once the immediate threat has passed, the damage should be carefully documented for future use. In addition to initial photos, an additional evaluation should be done for hidden damage, such as foundation cracks. Be cautious about initiating the clean-up process without insurance company approval; an experienced commercial water restoration service can often assist with navigating through the process.
Make sure the clean-up is thorough.
When the flood waters have saturated any materials, such as batting insulation, the clean-up may involve some replacement and repair. If these materials are not completely replaced, mold can germinate in as little as 24 hours (in ideal conditions) and become a health hazard. Flooding can also permanently damage electrical systems and computers.