Commercial Building Water Damage Dos and Don’ts
Tri State Restorations is here for you 24/7. Our certified technicians have the expertise to help if your commercial building suffers water damage. After you call us, please review and consider the following before we arrive:
Water Damage Dos
- Close off your water supply if you have a plumbing leak.
- Cover up the source of the leak, if it is external. This may include boarding up damaged windows or covering a damaged roof or wall with plastic sheeting.
- Remove standing water by bailing, sponging and blotting.
- Ventilate wet areas. Turn on the air conditioning for accelerated drying in the summer; in winter, alternate cycles of opened windows and heating.
- Take up saturated rugs and carpets if possible. (Many industrial carpets are glued to the flooring.)
- Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Transport computers to a dry environment. Remove cases and blow dry with low-pressure air.
- Remove any artwork from the walls if affected by water damage.
- Transport wall partitions to a dry area if possible.
- Remove wet upholstery cushions from their frames and prop them up to dry immediately.
- Freeze valuable books and documents to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
- Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying, but do not force open stuck drawers or doors.
- Place aluminum foil squares, saucers or wooden blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet staining.
- Call your insurance carrier.
Water Damage Don’ts
- DON’T operate computers, other office equipment or vacuums while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.
- DON’T use heat in order to dry closed building interiors. Mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.
- DON’T leave wet fabrics in place; space them apart to dry as soon as possible.
- DON’T wait to call Tri State Restorations.