You have a water emergency. Your building has taken on water and time is of the essence to safely clean up and open for business. Whether it be from rain flooding, sewer backup or a pipe leak, removing excess water from the premises is a professional’s job, so it can be done quickly and thoroughly.
Without expert help, the cost of the cleanup could be higher with a delay in re-opening your business, future mold remediation due to water left behind and equipment damage if water isn’t removed safely. Any toxins left behind could put your business at risk and employees in danger. Here are tips and advice on the help you need when your business is under water.
Finding the Experts
A commercial water damage restoration company uses expert cleaners skilled in using antimicrobial agents. Their qualified technicians have the expertise to use equipment to extract water as well as dry, dehumidify and treat the premises. Moisture measuring equipment is used to ensure all areas needing treatment and repair are identified and cleaned effectively.
The following is advice from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification on how to have your business cleaned the right way with a minimum of problems and at reasonable costs.
A soaked premises is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Regardless of the source of the water, it’s important it be removed thoroughly and quickly to avoid further costs for mold remediation down the road. First, commercial water removers will pump out any large amounts of water. Porous items soaked in flood water need to be removed. Small items that are non-porous and can be washed will be salvaged.
Clean and Restore
Professional commercial cleaning and restoration crews specializing in water damage remove any excess water, assess the situation and carefully remove large items that needs replacement. They will safely remove any big, porous items that can’t be saved such as drywall, rugs, carpet padding and particle board. Commercial companies also arrange for safe disposal of the water damaged items removed.
Industrial dehumidifiers are set up to force air into a wet environment. It’s important to have trained personnel who know how to set this type of configuration up effectively, so your business dries out as quickly as possible.
If your water emergency involves sewage backup, all areas are treated with antimicrobial agents to ensure the areas are safe. These zones are sealed off and placed under controlled airflow to ensure there is no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
Once work is completed, moisture measuring equipment is used to ensure all water has been safely removed and all places are safe for business to operate as usual.