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Pipe Break and Water Damage: Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Property.

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Conference Room Damage in Phoenixville, PA This wall and flooring suffered significant water damage from a pipe break.

Tips For Cleaning Your Commercial Property After A Pipe Break And Water Damage.

The level of water damage after a pipe break is dependent on several factors: (1) how long did the leak go unnoticed, (2) where was the problem located, and (3) how long did it take to shut off the water. No matter the answers to these questions, there is bound to be some level of cleanup and restoration involved, which can be overwhelming. The following four steps aim to simplify that process.

1. Turn Off the Power.

Broken pipes, especially those located in walls, can lead to wiring and outlets getting wet, which is why it is crucial that you turn off the power to all affected areas. If the power is left on, you risk shock at best and electrocution at worst. Do not endanger the health of you and your employees. Shut the power off immediately.

2. Remove Excess Water and Dry the Premises.

Once the power is off, you can begin the process of mitigation. Mitigation refers to the action of reducing the severity of a problem. In this case, it means removing excess water and drying out the premises to minimize the extent of water damage. The use of wet vacs, pumps and air movers can help significantly in this process.

3. Remove Salvageable Items.

In addition to removing any standing water, you will want to remove any salvageable items as well. Mainly, you want to remove anything that can be cleaned or dried out, including furniture, carpets and even documents. Depending on the extent of the damage, there are specialty document cleaners and specialist.

4. Clean and Sanitize the Area.

Once you have performed all necessary water cleanup, you can begin the thorough cleaning process, including sanitizing the workspace. However, it is important to note that there are emergency remediation specialists in the Chester Springs, PA, area, who are capable of performing this job. Depending on your insurer, it may be required to use outside contractors for the cleanup and restoration process.

Water damage cleanup is time-consuming. However, with the right process and the right contractors, it is manageable.

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