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Commercial Water - 3 Steps to Minimize Water Damage While Waiting for Help To Arrive

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Two air movers and one dehumidifier placed in a court room. Commercial water restoration in a South Garland, TX building.

Tips To Prevent The Damage From Spreading

Faced with potentially hundreds of gallons of water after a pipe burst in your South Garland, TX, business owners need to act fast to mitigate against mold and water damage. After calling your insurance company and a water remediation and restoration specialist, you may still have to wait for true cleanup to begin. While it’s important to document the damage and check with the insurer first, below are three damage tips to prevent the problem from spreading.

1. Remove Excess Water
Getting as much water out as possible is vital to minimizing the damage. Depending on the amount of water and where it is located, the process may require using a bucket, wet/dry vacuum and wiping down surfaces with a towel. Any saturated rags or towels should be taken outdoors after use.

2. Set up Fans and Dehumidifiers
When it comes to damage tips, safety should still be a priority. Electricity should be turned off in the area of the water problem. The next step is to start drying everything out. While the restoration company will have industrial fans to speed up the process, even regular fans and dehumidifiers will make a big difference as you wait. If possible, place fans near or in windows to blow the air out. Turn on any ceiling fans and use clip fans for hard-to-reach areas. Regularly move the fans to ensure everything is getting dried out.

3. Remove Saturated Textiles and Furniture
A surprisingly high number of items can be salvaged, even if they have been saturated. While there is an array of cleaning tips and techniques to restore belongings, removing certain items will give them a better chance of being saved instead of replaced. Drapery, clothing, towels, area rugs and furniture should be removed to a secure, dry location to dry out. Documents can be placed in bags and frozen until the experts arrive.
Any type of unexpected flooding can be overwhelming, as can having to wait for help. Consider the above damage tips to reduce the chaos and get your business back to normal faster.

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