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Floods can absolutely devastate a building, leaving business owners with very few options. How do you recover and protect your company after a flood damages your building? At AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina, we understand that commercial flood damage can make you feel both angry and helpless. That’s why we can arrive in about an hour or less. The faster we get rid of the damage, the sooner you can get back to regular business life.
When you have flooding in your building, you’ll want to act fast. Floodwater doesn’t stop causing damage once the storm stops. In fact, the longer you leave the floodwater in your building, the more damage it will cause.
Indoor water damage can come from all kinds of different sources, from leaking pipes to groundwater. However, out of all of those water sources, floodwater brings the most danger. Anybody who enters your building after a flood could deal with illness and injury. Why is floodwater so dangerous? Let’s take a closer look at a few different reasons.
Maybe you have floodwater in your building now, but you have no idea where that water came from. Yes, it’s technically rainwater, but it probably didn’t enter the building directly from the sky. That water flowed into your building from the streets outside. It detoured through fields, sewers, and possibly even chemical plants. It contains all types of substances from mud to gasoline, even if it looks clear. Floodwater is dirty. It can cause serious illness. Keep in mind that you don’t even have to touch the water for it to make you sick. Those toxins get into the air, and the post-flood humidity means that everyone in the building breathes in bacteria and viruses.
Any type of water will activate mold spores, and that includes floodwater. Floodwater stands inside your building, giving mold plenty of time to grow and multiply. Mold aggravates health problems, especially allergies and asthma. Mold also hides in dark corners and behind walls, making it difficult to remove without professional help.
Standing water can short-circuit your electricity. Worse, if the water touches a power source, it can electrocute anyone who comes into contact with it. Whether you use your building or rent it to someone else, make sure that everyone stays away from the water, and turn off the building’s power right away.
Apart from the dangers we listed above, floodwater creates major damage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the specifics.
Your building has more porous surfaces than you might think. The walls, carpets, and certain types of hard flooring can absorb water. As a result, these surfaces can soften and crumble.
Standing water can get into wooden surfaces, causing them to rot. With deep enough wood rot, those surfaces become dangerous. After a certain point, they can’t support the same amount of weight that they used to. As a result, they may collapse and cause injury. Furthermore, wood rot causes cosmetic issues. Rotten wood bends into weird angles, and the flood water can leave stains.
When you call AFTERDISASTER-Metrolina, we’ll pick up the phone no matter what time it is. Since a flood can arrive at any time, so can we. We’ll show up quickly so that we can take a look at the damage. From there, we’ll make a restoration plan. We use a step by step process that ensures a complete restoration.
First, we have to get rid of the water and prevent any further damage. We use the best high-strength pumps to get all of the water out of your commercial building. When we dry your building, we make sure that we get every single surface, including the ones that you don’t see. This is because we know that leaving any moisture behind will lead to mold and structural damage later.
Next, we’ll get rid of all of the things that we can’t salvage. Unfortunately, when it comes to floodwater, many things can’t be saved. The bacteria and other toxic substances usually embed themselves too deeply into items like carpets and chairs. For those items, we dispose of them safely. For anything that we can salvage, we use a thorough cleaning process that removes all of the germs. We disinfect every last surface that the floodwater may have touched
Once we’ve cleaned and dried every surface, we’ll check the area for mold. After a flood, it’s important to get rid of every last bit of mold that the water leaves behind. When water activates mold spores, that mold can stick around for years, even decades. If you leave any mold behind, even the smallest amount, the mold will keep growing. We’ll get rid of all of the mold the first time so that you won’t have to deal with it later.
Remember when we mentioned that floodwater can impact your building’s air quality? We won’t leave the building without making sure that it has clean, breathable air. Our high-powered fans will remove all the humidity from the building. We’ll also take a look at the vents and air ducts to make sure that the floodwater hasn’t touched them.
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