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4 Tips for Preventing Secondary Damage After a Flood

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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4 Tips In Mitigating Damage to Your Building

Water damage is one of the most frequent reasons people need commercial restoration services, especially when you consider the fact that floods and storms are the most common type of natural disaster reported in the United States by far. Whether caused by an internal or external source, flooding has a major impact on businesses, including serious property damage and economic loss. If not addressed immediately, the issue can continue to worsen resulting in extensive secondary damage to your business in Herriman, UT. This can include the growth of black mold, destruction of flooring, and deterioration of drywall. Here are four tips on how to best mitigate the damage to your building.

Elevate Furniture

If unable to move all furniture out of the flooded area, use aluminum foil or wood blocks to elevate the furniture. This is especially important in carpeted areas to prevent the staining of light-colored flooring.

Ventilate Affected Areas

Even if standing water is not visible in your building, any leftover moisture will continue to evaporate. High humidity in the area will prevent items from fully drying and contributes to the growth of black mold. In the summertime, turn on the air conditioning to fully dry the area and use a dehumidifier if one is available. In the winter, alternate between turning up the heater and opening windows to promote ventilation.

Mop Water

Use mops and towels to remove as much water as possible. Have a bucket nearby to wring out excess liquid as you work.

Remove Loose and Valuable Items

Immediately remove any items of value, such as expensive artwork or important documents. If already wet, lay them out flat to dry under they can be professionally restored.
Dealing with a flooded building is stressful enough, but adding black mold and structural damage to the picture is even worse. Be proactive in addressing the damage and get in contact with remediation experts to give your business the best chance at recovering and reopening quickly.

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