How Your Business May Be Stopped By Commercial Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Beaver County
Commercial water damage can be a disastrous event affecting every piece of your business. Many causes are internal, like burst pipes and a leaky roof. However, this type of damage can also happen when sewage backs up or your sprinkler system malfunctions.
Water damage can also occur through natural causes, which we understand thoroughly as Pennsylvania residents. In Beaver specifically, we experience over 140 days of precipitation annually, meaning that our local stretch of the Ohio River is always at risk of flooding.
Use these helpful ideas to help prepare yourself for the potential of a water-related disaster.
Check out your building’s design plans and find the main water cutoff valve and the fire sprinkler system controls. Impart this information to as many people as possible so that there’s always someone who can help inside the building.
A critical factor for determining the severity of water damage is the type of water involved. Understanding what kind of danger you’re facing will allow you to make the best decisions for how to handle it.
White water: This type of water most commonly results from plumbing problems. It’s not considered contaminated and is safe to handle yourself in small amounts.
Gray water: Sink drains and toilet tank overflows produce this type of flooding. The water is contaminated but not considered dangerous.
Black water: Sewage backups and storm flooding are common sources of highly contaminated black water. Always call in a professional to deal with this type of toxic water damage.
You must try to shut down the source of water fast and then begin circulating air with open windows and doors as soon as possible. After completing these steps, notify your building’s employees so everyone can avoid contact with the water.
Then begin documenting any visible damage, as this can help expedite the insurance process and give extra information to your restoration provider so they can assess the situation fully.
The damage you see is only one part of the total problem. Water-logged wall studs, moldy framing and warped flooring are just a few signs of hidden water damage. We may require up to a week to fully dry and clean the whole building, so be patient as we help you get back in action.
When water damage happens in your business, get SERVPRO of Beaver County on the phone right away! Our expert team has professional training with industry-leading equipment so that we can restore your property fast.
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!