Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Discovering water in your business is never a pleasant situation. And the unexpected damage affects more than your commercial property. When a roof fails or a sprinkler system malfunctions, your business cannot operate. Your employees are out of work and your customers begin shopping elsewhere. The decisions you make next will determine how extensive the total cost will be to your company.
What to do after you discover water in your commercial facility?
1. Safety First
The first step is to make sure the building is safe. Safety hazards from falling ceilings to electrical hazards may be present. If it looks like a ceiling or wall might fall do not enter the room. Place a warning sign and lock the door if possible. Be careful of water that has come through electrical panels or outlets. Old or damaged breakers may not trip, and the area may have live electricity running through it. If necessary and safe to do so, it may be best to shut the electricity off. If in doubt stay away from the area until a professional can inspect the damages.
2. Stop the Source of Water
If you know where the water is coming from and can turn it off at its source, do it. Larger commercial buildings should have separate valves for each area. This way you are not shutting down the entire building. If you do not know these locations, contact the building engineer or facility manager. If the roof has failed find a company to tarp or construct a temporary roof. Most commercial restoration companies should have a solution for you if needed.
It may be a day or even a few weeks before the adjuster arrives. Pictures of standing water will help your adjuster justify the claim. If demolition is necessary, then those pictures may be the only proof that the facility was wet. Videos are even better and can cover more area in a short period of time.
4. Get the Water Out
It is easiest to remove water in its liquid form. Using mops, squeegees, wet vacs, or even towels will help start the process. A restoration company or even a carpet cleaning company will have powerful extraction tools to remove standing water fast. As the water begins to saturate building materials it will have to be removed through evaporation and dehumidification, which will take more time and energy.
5. Start Dehumidification Before Evaporation
Removing moisture from the air is a key component of drying a commercial facility. While many people’s first instinct is to put fans on wet areas, this may cause more harm than good. Too much evaporation may lead to the dew point, or 100% relative humidity. Cranking the HVAC down to fast may also lead to the same situation. As condensation begins, building material will begin to sweat. Unaffected areas begin to absorb moisture and secondary damages occur. If the condition persists, mold growth may begin to form. Before forcing evaporation, it is important to know the temperature, humidity, and dew point.
6. Damage Inspection
The damage inspection should include an initial moisture map. Specialized tools help determine the extent of and severity of the water damage. Thermo-hygrometers will show things such as dewpoint and humidity. Thermal cameras will show temperature differentials and can help pinpoint hidden moisture. As a word of caution, be wary of those who rely on thermal cameras alone. The camera will only show temperature differentials, not actual moisture content. Moisture meters verify what is wet and give quantitative readings.
7. Set a Structural Drying Strategy and Mitigation Plan
After the inspection, there should be enough information to create a plan or strategy. The plan should include at least the following;
Several other items such as chain of communication and billing are important, But it’s paramount that the customer understands and agrees with the mitigation plan. There should be consensus before signing a contract. This will help keep the project on track and avoid future discrepancies.
Why Flood Zone for your Commercial Water Damage Project?
When water damages your commercial building count on us to clean up the mess. Our commercial restoration team has what you need for fast recovery. Rather than immediate demolition, our focus is on salvaging building material. This process cuts downtime and interruptions to your daily operations.
Every commercial water loss is different so, we develop a specific plan based on your project. Some projects might need after-hours work. Others might have noise concerns or sensitive technology to protect. No matter what type of business you run or what your needs are, we will accommodate.
We follow recognized industry standards for commercial water damage clean up and restoration. Our restorers also understand commercial building construction. This allows us to mitigate damages fast.
Our consistent success is more than our industrial drying equipment. Providing a smarter, safer, and more efficient service for our clients takes effort, and becoming an expert in commercial water damage restoration takes time. For consistent success in commercial restoration, it takes training, experience, and teamwork.
Specialized training through independent and national companies is a constant at Flood Zone. By sending our specialists through OSHA and IICRC classes we create certified restorers. Those commercial restorers then begin to specialize in various areas. Our commercial water damage restorers receive training and certifications in the following areas;
- OSHA 10/30 – Safety in commercial buildings
- OSHA Disaster Site Worker – working in disaster areas
- IICRC – Water Damage Restoration
- IICRC – Applied Structural Drying
- IICRC – Commercial Drying Specialist
- IICRC – Master Water Damage Restorer
- Recognizing and eliminating job site hazards
- Psychrometry, the science behind drying
- Commercial building construction
- Temporary generator set-up, power distribution, and safety
- Industrial desiccant dehumidifier set-up
- Controlling a commercial drying environment
- Aerial Platform Training
- Large Loss Certification
Having trained personnel is critical for successful commercial water damage clean up. Training programs continue throughout employment. This keeps our people at the top of their field to provide you with unprecedented service.
Experienced in Drying Commercial Buildings
We Understand Teamwork
Fast clean up and restoration of water-damaged facilities takes teamwork. We Understand that large commercial restoration projects have many parties involved. Helping organize communication with these parties may be difficult and time-consuming and we can help by setting clear lines of communication early. By communicating and working as a team we guarantee a smooth uneventful project.
Our Core Values
We are committed to our core values, and these principles guide every aspect of our business.