Commercial Water Damage Restoration
When you return to the office on Monday morning to find water damage waiting for you, your first instinct may be to panic. It’s an undoubtedly serious situation, but panicking won’t get you very far. You want the situation to be handled quickly, easily, and effectively – and you’ll only get that outcome if you keep your head on straight.
It may not be apparent how long it will take things to get back to normal after you’ve discovered the water damage. Usually, the amount of time it takes to resolve the situation depends on the severity of the damage. Every second you waste is another second of damage that’s accumulated, and another second of business you’ve lost. It’s important you hit the ground running at the first sight of damage.
Be Careful With Electricity
Businesses require a lot of electricity to run. How many power strips do you have plugged in? How many wall outlets are in the damaged area? Do not attempt to turn on anything electrical. In fact, having the electricity disconnected is one of the first steps you should take. It may be dangerous to attempt to do this on your own, so you’re best off calling the power company and having them send out an employee to disconnect the electricity for you.
Outside of the risk of severe electric shock, you can also start electrical fires by tampering with the electricity on your own. Equipment that may have otherwise been salvageable, such as computers that are elevated off the floor, may be irreparably damaged if a vulnerable electrical outlet is utilized. Don’t touch anything that requires electricity to use.
Does The Water Contain Sewage?
Bathroom floods and burst pipes may have infused the offending water with sewage, making it much more dangerous than clean water. Sewage contains many different strains of bacteria that can cause a variety of diseases upon exposure. This kind of water damage is one of the most serious, and you should not attempt to drain the water or touch any objects the water has come into contact with. Typical household or office cleaning solutions may not be enough to thoroughly disinfect an object, and you’ll need a lot more than standard gloves to safely handle these objects.
Is There Flooding Involved?
How you respond to a flood depends on a variety of circumstantial factors. If you’re sure the flood does not involve sewage, there may be a few things you can do. Once the electricity has been turned off, turn off the water. If the water is still coming in from a burst pipe, you’ll be able to keep the flood from worsening.
At this time, it may be worth grabbing undamaged items that were sitting on higher desks, or drawers of file cabinets that the water did not reach. This can prevent accidental exposure to water or moisture in the air that may damage these items.
While you may attempt to remove the floodwater yourself, it will probably take you a long time using traditional wet-dry vacuums. Removing the standing water won’t actually dry the structure or fix the subflooring, which are two crucial elements in proper water damage restoration. Even if flooding wasn’t involved, water in your walls and ceiling or water trapped beneath your floor can cause the structure of your commercial property to warp. Another potentially devastating consequence is the growth of mold, which can begin as little as 24 hours after water has been introduced to one of these dark, damp areas.
What Has Been Damaged?
It’s obvious enough that the actual structure of your building has been damaged, but what about your inventory? Do you sell products out of your commercial space? If they’ve come into contact with the water, you’ll have to call them a loss. It’s too dangerous to attempt to salvage and sell these items.
What about your office equipment? What about paper documents? You’ll need to take inventory of everything you’ve lost. If some of it was covered by your insurance, you’ll need to document your losses. Depending on your insurance policy, you’ll either be able to receive the depreciated value of the equipment you’ve lost or the total cost of a replacement. Total cost policies are expensive and generally need to be explicitly selected, so you’ll most likely find that your insurance company will only be willing to shell out the partial sum.
For equipment like computers that contained important data, or even paper documents that are now destroyed, you’ll need to see if you have electronic backups. If your business runs on a cloud computing system, these backups were probably automatically generated. If not, check with your IT team to see how up-to-date their backups were.
Getting Your Business Back
It’s unsafe to have customers, clients, or employees in your building before it’s been deemed safe and the damage has been handled. The thought of so much lost productivity is horrifying, but there’s not much you can do about that. The quicker you act, the quicker you’ll be able to resume normal operations. You’ll need to call in professional damage restoration specialists to get to work immediately. They may even be able to assist you in filing a claim with your insurance.
Finding the Right Help
You have to call employees and customers to inform them of what’s going on. You have equipment to replace, backups to locate, and meetings to reschedule. Somehow in the midst of all this, you’ll have to track down a capable restoration specialist to get to work on the water damage. It’s a lot to handle, and Restoration Local understands that.
While you’re hard at work managing other areas of your business, Restoration Local will be able to match you up with a top-notch professional restoration specialist in your area. Our expert will be able to prepare a free estimate, familiarize you with the restoration process, and help you figure out how much time the process will take. They’ll handle the damage while you’re handling everything else.
The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be able to return to your day-to-day operations. You can’t afford to wait. Call Restoration Local now at 1-888-443-3110.