Remediating Commercial Flood Damage In Raleigh
Remediating Commercial Flood Damage
Flood damage is not a regular occurrence in Raleigh, but it does happen enough that business owners know when to take precautions. Filling and stacking enough sandbags to keep Lake Johnson and Lake Raleigh out of their commercial operation may take a day or two, but it certainly beats losing that same time and paying for cleanup costs afterward.
Remediating commercial flood damage in Raleigh can be limited to just a day or two, or it can take weeks, depending on the amount of water and what it affected. In a business like a dry cleaning plant, SERVPRO restoration teams pay attention to drying and protecting the structure, customer property, and equipment.
Since this is a commercial operation, our personnel do not have to worry about carpets or office paneling, but removing the water is still necessary. Technicians draw out any standing water with pumps so our team can inspect the floors and walls for other damage.
Once they bring the water down to the surface, the next step is to remove the rest of it using extraction wands. These devices can draw out the remaining water, leaving only spots of it along the floor. At this point, team members use squeegees to push the rest out the nearest doorway.
If the water rose high enough, clothing is certainly at risk. Fortunately, in this situation, the items are already on racks for the most part, and not stacked together. To increase the drying process and reduce the chance of permanent damage, SERVPRO specialists set up a series of box fans and air movers to increase air circulation and blow warm, dry air over surfaces.
They use the same devices to force warm air underneath the dry cleaning equipment that was partially under the flood water. The team leader examines everything to ensure it is dry, but if there is any other damage, he recommends to the manager to bring in a licensed contractor to inspect before restarting that particular piece of machinery.
The goal of SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is to help every business recover from a flood and quickly reopen their doors for full operation. If you need us, call today at (919) 790-1222. We are here for you.
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