How Commercial Water Damage Can Keep Your Business Out of Action | SERVPRO of Marietta West
Water damage can seriously impact and hinder the ability of a business to succeed. Many flooding sources come internally, with burst pipes and leaking roofs being a few common causes.
Water can also affect businesses through external sources, something we often see here in Georgia. In Marietta, we experience heavy rainfall one out of every three days, totaling over 50 inches each year!
It’s important for you to know what steps to take before a disaster arrives. Follow the following steps to keep your property and your employees safer.
Know Your Building’s Layout
Learn the location of important safety features around your property, like the fire sprinkler system controls and the main water cutoff valve. You should ensure that multiple people know this information so that you can always address the issues fast.
Know the Types of Water Involved
An important factor in assessing the severity of water damage is the type of water involved. This information can help you decide how to handle the damage and keep everyone safe:
White water: This type of water most commonly results from plumbing problems. It’s not considered contaminated and is safe to handle yourself in small amounts.
Gray water: Sink drains and toilet tank overflows produce this type of flooding. The water is contaminated but not considered dangerous.
Black water: Sewage backups and storm flooding are common sources of highly contaminated black water. Always call in a professional to deal with this type of toxic water damage.
Take Action Quickly
You must make efforts to shut the water source down fast and begin circulating air with open windows and doors as soon as possible. After these steps have been completed, notify your building’s occupants so everyone can avoid contact with the water.
Then begin documenting any visible damage, as this can help expedite the insurance process and give extra information to your restoration provider.
Remember to Be Patient
Whatever damage you can see is just one part of the complete issue. Hidden water damage comes in many forms, some being soaked studs and compromised support frames.
Call SERVPRO of Marietta West when you face water damage in your business. Our experts are highly trained with decades of experience handling every kind of commercial damage. We are on call 24⁄7 and will work tirelessly to get you back in business.
When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 24⁄7 to get started!