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Facts About Commercial Water Damage

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Floor dryers in office building If your office building has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Mandarin for help.

Facts About Commercial Water Damage

As a business owner, your building is most likely your greatest asset. Water damage to your property can be disastrous to deal with. Not only are you handling water damage restoration, but you are also most likely to lose business while restoring the building back to a usable state. Let’s look at some facts that can help you prevent water damage or properly restore your property if damage has already occurred.

  • Maintenance is often key to preventing water damage. Sometimes, water damage is caused by plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions. Another major source of water damage is a leaking roof, which can happen even to a new roof if a storm strikes. Keeping up with repairs and maintenance can prevent little problems from becoming major issues. Having the building inspected regularly, performing preventative maintenance, and quickly handling any plumbing or roof repair can keep your property from requiring costly and extensive work.
  • Insurance doesn’t always cover water damage. If it’s determined that the water intrusion is due to normal wear and tear or a maintenance issue, the insurance company will often reject the claim. Additionally, some other sources of water damage are not covered under a typical policy. If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, for instance, you may need to purchase supplemental flood insurance. Whenever you discover water damage, contacting your insurance company should be among your first steps.
  • All water is not the same, and neither is all water damage. Water contamination is categorized into three types: white, gray, or black water. For each of these types of water, there’s a certain protocol for safety and cleaning procedures. When you call in a professional water damage repair and restoration team, you can be confident that they know the correct process for whichever type of water is causing your problem. Further, the cleanup needs to be done by someone who understands how to get water out of different types of material. While hard surfaces are typically salvageable, many other materials, like ceiling tiles, insulation, drywall, and carpet, will probably need to be discarded and replaced.
  • Time is of the essence. The longer water sits, the more damage it can do. Moisture can not only damage the property you see, but it can also seep into unexpected places and cause problems like mold and structural issues. That’s why it’s crucial for water extraction to occur immediately, to rid your property of even the hidden water and moisture. This extraction, along with water damage restoration is typically best handled by professionals who know exactly what needs to be done to protect your property from further harm.

If your building has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Mandarin for help. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore North Florida area commercial property and get everything back to normal. We’ve served our community for more than 40 years, and we’re experts in water damage repair and restoration. Call (904) 638-2495.

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