Remediating Commercial Water Damage To Little Rock Businesses
Remediating Commercial Water Damage
Little Rock businesses can suffer a variety of disasters related to water. Flooding can be weather related, result from a broken inlet pipe, or a plumbing failure inside the building. This last cause is very common, especially in a facility with a lot of water use, such as a laundromat.
Restoring the effects of commercial water damage to Little Rock businesses means a SERVPRO restoration team needs to stop the flow of water, find the source of the problem, repair it if possible, and remediate the effects. Despite the hundreds of gallons of water that process through a laundromat every day, the building is no more designed to be underwater than a typical office setting or restaurant.
If our team cannot find the leak immediately, they turn off the water outside with the approval of the owner. One or more members continue looking for the source as others set up equipment to remove any standing water. If it is more than ankle-deep, technicians start with pumps to draw down the water as close to the surface of the floor as possible. At this point, they switch to extraction wands.
The wands are excellent for drawing water off multiple types of surfaces. In a laundromat, the floor is usually concrete covered with linoleum. Both are resistant to water damage, but if water covers the linoleum for too long, the moisture works its way underneath and begins to soften the glue holding it to the concrete pad. SERVPRO specialists remove the water quickly to avoid air and water pockets that can form when this happens.
Our technicians can replace hoses and couplings easily and make other minor repairs as other team members remove water. The team leader recommends the owner brings in a licensed plumber if he finds a major plumbing issue. As they affect repairs, the team leader continues directing water removal efforts to prevent machines on the floor from rusting and permanent damage to drywall panels that were partially under water and soaked up moisture.
To further reduce these effects, team members open every entrance and exit and install exhaust fans to draw damp air from inside the facility and blow it outside. If the drywall and linoleum did soak up an excessive amount of water, they install dehumidifiers to remove water from the air and nearby property. Each machine can remove up to 25 gallons every 24 hours without causing secondary damage from over-drying.
If you are dealing with excess water in your business, SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village helps you return your business to a dry, clean state. Call us at (501) 217-8723 today for more information or to set up a visit.
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