Take Control of Commercial Water Damage to Protect Your Business | SERVPRO® of Westfield
Water damage can strike out of the blue and have a devastating impact on your workplace.
Commercial water damage can be an expensive mess for business owners. Internal flood sources like a leaky pipe or plumbing overflow can result in unexpected downtime, ruined equipment and compromised infrastructure. Natural sources of flooding are another unpredictable reason you might find water seeping into your commercial building.
Westfield businesses should prepare for local natural flooding threats like torrential rain, hurricanes, tropical storms and other weather conditions. The best way to get ready for these hazards is to assess your risk level based on where your building is located.
Whatever the cause of your water emergency, it’s critical that you understand how to react to safeguard your company. This guide can help you understand how to quickly get the problem under control and reduce your risk of damage as much as possible.
Figure out where the various water cutoff points are around your building. Make sure you understand where to find important places like your fire sprinkler system or your main water valve so you can shut them off when necessary.
It’s helpful if multiple members of your team know this information as well, so any emergency can be kept under control. This will ensure the source of your water emergency is found quickly to keep your building safe from any damage.
When faced with water damage, the kind of water produced can help you assess how dangerous the incident is. You’ll be better able to protect the people in your building if you understand what you’re up against:
White water: Plumbing issues are generally to blame for this kind of flooding. You can safely manage this water yourself in small quantities since it’s not regarded as contaminated.
Gray water: This kind of water is caused by overflowing toilet tanks and sink drains. Although it is contaminated, the water is not recognized as hazardous.
Black water: Black water that is severely contaminated is typically produced by sewage overflows and storm flooding. You should contact a professional to take care of this hazardous water.
When water infiltrates your property, attempt to pinpoint the source and turn it off as fast as possible. To speed up the drying process, open your doors and windows. After this, notify anyone in the building and let them know that the impacted areas are off-limits.
Following these measures, you need to closely record any obvious property damage. This will make the insurance claim process much faster, and you’ll be able to determine which areas of your structure require reinforcement.
The apparent water damage might be only a small portion of an even larger issue. Your building might have hidden water damage in places you can’t see.
When water creates problems in your workplace, contact SERVPRO of Westfield for a rapid response. Our skilled restoration crew can quickly dry out your facility and get you back on track using cutting-edge equipment and years of expertise.
The degree of destruction will influence how long your restoration journey will last, so try to be patient as our team restores your building. You and your team will be back to a water-free business in no time!
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!